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Hilo man, 75, dies after falling near Kīlauea summit

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U.S. Geological Survey
Halemaʻumaʻu Crater at 10 a.m. on Nov. 1, 2021.

A 75-year-old Hilo man died after falling from a closed area at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park late Sunday night, the National Park Service said.

His family reported him missing from within the park around 12:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 3.

After searching for the man in the darkness, park rangers and local firefighters located his body about 100 feet below the crater rim, west of the Uēkahuna viewing area at the summit of Kīlauea. His body was recovered around 8 a.m.

An investigation is underway and no additional details were immediately available.

He has not yet been identified, pending notification of family.

This is a developing story.

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