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Old 02-02-2018, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Kailua
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This wasn't some heart attack.....

"A tour guide died Thursday morning while on a guided hiking tour near a lava flow in the Kalapana lava viewing area, the Hawaii County Fire Department said.

Rain created a steam cloud that quickly surrounded the group of four people and affected their breathing and visibility along Kalapana Chain of Craters Road around 8 a.m., fire officials said.

The group was overcome by the noxious steam cloud on an open lava field, the fire department said. Three managed to escape to a safe area, but a fire helicopter crew found the guide unconscious.
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Big Isle tour guide dies on lava flow tour
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Old 02-02-2018, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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Who would have thought a volcano was dangerous, or the ocean.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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This wasn't some heart attack.....
What was it, then? Doesn't look like cause of death has been disclosed.
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Old 02-02-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Kailua
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What was it, then? Doesn't look like cause of death has been disclosed.
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The guide succumbed to the noxious effects of the cloud, while the other three people escaped,
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Old 02-02-2018, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Aka....not breathing enough oxygen....aka breathing in toxic volcanic gas.....probably tend to make someone have a bad time. Essentially a non-physical, asphyxiation.

Especially if he already had a lung or heart condition already before hand...
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Old 02-02-2018, 04:18 PM
 
Location: not sure, but there's a hell of a lot of water around here!
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There goes someones idea for guided lava pool snorkel diving tours......


It's just not fair
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Old 02-04-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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Pele was in a bad mood.
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Old 02-04-2018, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Land of the Great Bears
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The guide succumbed to the noxious effects of the cloud, while the other three people escaped,
Right, but..."an autopsy is pending to determine cause of death."-from another story.

It's entirely possible he died from lack of oxygen, but quite uncommon. I find it somewhat odd that the others left him. Sounds like they encountered "hellish" conditions, for sure.
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Old 02-04-2018, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Pahoa Hawaii
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This happened at 4 AM, pitch black. The air became unbreathable. What would you do actually? Render first aid in a poison gas cloud or run like hell?
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:36 PM
 
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I'll take 'run like hell' for $1000, Alex.
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