Man Cited in Closed Disaster Area After Using Drone

The Department of Land and Natural Resources has cited an additional individual for loitering in a disaster area.

On Thursday, 43-year-old Roman V. Andryushkin of Russia was contacted while in a closed disaster area near the Nanawale Forest Reserve and Lava Tree State Park.

According to DLNR officials, Informants in the area who had proper permission to be in the area, reported that Andryushkin was seen operating a red colored drone while in the closed area.

Upon officers arrival Andryushkin was cited for loitering in a disaster area and his red colored drone was confiscated as evidence.

More charges involving the use of the drone are pending further investigation.

Andryushkin’s citation was the 83 issued since the beginning of the eruption.

Photo: Near the coast, the northern margin of the lava flow field is still oozing fresh lava at several points in the area of Kapoho Beach Lots. Smoke marks locations where lava is burning vegetation. USGS image/June 28.