First responders in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are said to have decided that an injured man on the slopes of La Soufriere volcano would have to stay there for the night.
The decision was made in the interest of rescuers, as the slopes of the volcano, with gutters up to 25 feet deep, present significant dangers to people on the mountain.
iWitness News was reliably informed that a group of 13 people climbed the volcano Tuesday morning and the man left the group and began descending the mountain alone.
The man is said to have fallen and lost consciousness on the descent of the 4,048-foot volcano, which last erupted in April 2021.
He was able to make contact by telephone sometime around dusk, indicating that he was unable to walk.
Two members of his hiking party climbed back up the mountain but were unable to locate the injured man, and descended sometime after 7 p.m.
First responders are said to be mobilising a party to for early Wednesday morning and were looking for persons familiar with the terrain of the mountain after its eruption in April 2021.
The National Park Rivers and Beaches Authority has said that the trail remains closed and people who hike the mountain do so at their own risk.