Lava hiker identified 05-09-13

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Puna District
Sergeant William Derr
Phone: 965-2716
Report No. C13012179

Media Release

A Canadian man who died Tuesday afternoon (May 7) while hiking across a lava field has been identified as 57-year-old Riccardo Scagliati of Victoria, British Columbia.

Scagliati and a companion set out from the Kalapana viewing area Tuesday morning. On their return trip they got lost.  Scagliati became disoriented and overheated and fell to the ground. His 57-year-old male hiking companion went for help and more water but then was unable to find his way back to Scagliati’s location.

Fire Department personnel later found his lifeless body with the help of a helicopter.


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