• Big Island Lava Explosion Injures Tourist On Lava Flow Boat

    At least 13 people were injured in Hawaii early Monday when a lava explosion from the Kilauea volcano sent
    debris flying through the roof of their tour boat. (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources)

    At least 13 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. Officers from the DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) along with the Hawai‘i County Police Dept. are investigating the incident.

    The tours depart from the Wailoa Small Boat Harbor in Hilo at 4 a.m. daily. Prior to the beginning of the East Rift Zone Eruption event, tours left from the Pohoiki Boat Ramp, which now is within ˝ mile of the active ocean entrance.

    DOCARE officers are now in the process of interviewing injured passengers at the Hilo Medical Center. In initial reporting passengers say the vessel was outside of the U.S. Coast Guard-established safety zone. Along with first responders both state and county officers were at the Wailoa ramp when the boat returned after the incident. A 20-year old woman received major trauma to her leg and the others suffered burns and scrapes.

    DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “DLNR sends its wishes for full and speedy recovery to all of those involved.”

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    Coast Guard investigating report of incident aboard lava tour boat off Big Island

    HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is investigating a report of 12 people injured aboard a lava tour boat in Kapoho Bay, Big Island Monday.

    A Coast Guard investigator from Sector Honolulu is en route to investigate the incident. The safety zone currently stands at 300-meters (984 feet) with no exclusions.

    At approximately 6 a.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received an initial report from 911 of three crewmembers and three sightseers injured in an incident that occurred near a lava flow in Kapoho Bay aboard the tour boat Hot Shot.

    The vessel returned to Hilo harbor where awaiting emergency medical services were on standby to receive the injured. Upon arrival in Hilo, that number was revised to 12 total injured, three seriously and nine minor. The injuries reportedly range in severity with the worst being a broken leg.

    In response to increased lava activity in the area, the Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone March 2017. That zone was made permanent in May 2018 following a notice of proposed rulemaking. The zone was set with significant input and consultation from experts with the Hawaii Volcano Observatory, U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and date from the University of Hawaii at Hilo Marine Science Department.

    The safety zone surrounds the lava flow and extends out 300-meters, although certain commercial and research vessels with licensed captains demonstrating experience operating in the region and carrying all required safety equipment were given special permission to approach up to 50 meters. Tour vessels are known to operate the area going back at least 20 years. For morning information on the zone please see the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin at https://goo.gl/JuQ4vu
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