Hawaii National Park, Hawai’i – A California teen is lucky to be a live after falling into a crack in the earth at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park last week.

The teen was allegedly trying to leap over a protective railing April 10 and didn’t make the jump. He fell about 25 feet into the steaming crevace, and his mom called 911, according to the National Park Service.

NPS account continued:


“This young visitor and his family are extraordinarily lucky that he survived this mishap,” Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. “This incident serves as a reminder that park visitors are urged to stay on trails and not engage in reckless behavior while visiting their national parks.”

Park Search and Rescue Coordinator John Broward, assisted by County of Hawai’i Fire, rappelled into the narrow, chimney-like crack and rescued the boy. The teen suffered a bump on his head and minor abrasions, officials said.

It was the seventh rescue mission for park staff so far this year. Last year, park crews responded to a total of 26 incidents. It wasn’t clear how many were vent-related falls.

More information on the park here .. http://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm