A lava explosion at the ocean entry in lower Puna injured a dozen people aboard a lava tour boat this morning.
Janet Snyder, Mayor Harry Kim’s spokeswoman, said the Hawaii Fire Department reported, three of those injured on the boat operated by Lava Ocean Tours were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center after the boat returned to Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo at about 7 a.m.
“Of the three, two were in stable condition, one was in serious condition,” Snyder said. “A woman, believed to be in her 20s, had her femur broken.”
The femur is also called the thigh bone. It’s the body’s largest bone.
“It was an explosion, basically,” Snyder said. “It punctured a hole right through the roof of the boat. … The boat was covered with lava.”
According to Snyder, nine of those injured were able to drive themselves to the emergency room.
“Some of those were superficial injuries,” she said.
Snyder said neither the exact location of the incident nor the total number of passengers aboard the boat were immediately known.
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