23 Injured as Lava Fell from Sky and Landed on Boat

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Thursday, July 19, 2018

23 people were injured after lava fell from the sky and landed on a tour boat.

The boat was operated by Shane Turpin’s Lava Ocean Tours. After the incident the boat safely returned to the Wailoa Harbor in Hilo, Hawaii.

Crew members are making repairs.

Passengers and eyewitnesses describe the ordeal as terrifying. “You could see it almost at the same time you heard it. There was another plume of smoke in a significantly closer area and as the boom happened, you could see the rock and the lava I guess, the glowing embers, they came straight at us — and you had like a split second to duck down and get out of the way,” said Will Bryan, who was injured on-board and captured the incident on camera. 

13 passengers ended up in hospital.

Officials say 9 drove themselves to the hospital and 4 were brought in by ambulance.

Only one patient remains in serious condition, a 20-year-old woman.



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