A man falls into a hot lava tube at his residence in Kaumana, Hilo, United States.
In a press release issued by the police, officials made their way to Kaumana to investigate the missing report of an elderly man. After arriving at the crime scene, they got to know that the man had fallen through a soft area of ground into a lava tube.
Soon after, Hawaii fire department team was called in to conduct the rescue operation. The team pulled out the victim’s body that was approximately 22 feet below the surface.
An autopsy was conducted on the victim on November 5. According to the autopsy report, the victim died due to injuries that he had picked up while falling.
“It appears (the victim) was trimming some branches in his yard and fell into a lava tube on his property and expired,” Police officer Maj. Robert Wagner said.
Police have also refuted the foul play angle.
Lava tubes are natural channels through which lava travels beneath the surface. Tubes form by crusting over of lava channels and pahoehoe flows. Kaumana Caves Park near Hilo is a destination for hikers that can explore the lava tubes created by an 1881 flow from Mauna Loa.