Man's body retrieved from Kalapana lava field
Friend: Victim was hiking all day and was in physical distress on lava field
Big Island fire officials say the body of a 56-year-old man was found Tuesday on a lava field near the Kalapana Gardens subdivision.
Fire crews responded to the scene at around 3:15 p.m. to a lava field near the Kalapana lava viewing area.
There was a report of a person unable to walk in Kalapana.
After fire crews arrived at the scene, a friend of the man explained they were hiking all day and the victim was in physical distress on the lava field and he was unable to find him.
A ground and air search was conducted and the man was found near the Kalapana Gardens subdivision.
The man was transported by helicopter to a medical unit where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the circumstances in this case.
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