12 injured when lava bomb hits tour boat in Hawaii

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2018

Several companies operated such tours.

Two of the three were in stable condition, while one was a 20-year-old in serious condition with a fractured femur, Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim's spokeswoman Janet Snyder told the Tribune-Herald.

The fire department said the nine other passengers drove themselves to the hospital.

The DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) reports that 13 people were treated at the Hilo Medical Center after an incident on a lava tour boat early this morning.

"At least ten people on a Hawaiian Lava Boat Tours vessel were injured this morning after an explosion sent lava through the roof of the boat's passenger cabin", reported the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Snyder said neither the exact location of the incident nor the total number of passengers aboard the boat were immediately known.

The explosion left a gaping hole in the roof of the tour boat, which had been taking visitors out to view lava plunging into the sea. The other passengers suffered burns and scrapes. But until now, the only serious injury was to a man who was hit by flying lava that broke his leg. Officials were interviewing injured passengers at a hospital.

In addition to the punctured roof, the boat sustained damage to one of the railings.

The lava is from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which erupted in May and has been spewing out gas and molten rock ever since.

Officials have previously warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass. The U.S. Geological Survey on Sunday alerted that the volcano was under its "warning/orange" advisory, meaning a "major volcano eruption is imminent, underway, or suspected".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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