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Emergency call documents moments after lava explosion that injured 23

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 12:08 PM HST
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KAPOHO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A newly obtained emergency call detailed the moments after a lava explosion sent rocks and debris onto a tour boat, injuring 23 people, including a 20-year-old woman who suffered a fractured femur.

"She complained of left leg pains," the medic says. "Patient was on the lava boat when they a piece of lava flew toward the boat, she closed her eyes and next thing she knew she felt pain to her left leg and to her lower back."

The call was released to CNN.

That 20-year-old woman, who was visiting from the mainland, was medevaced to Oahu.

Family members said she already had two surgeries.

The incident happened early Monday, when an explosion off Kapoho hurled a "basketball-sized" lava bomb onto a tour boat.

Four passengers were taken by ambulance to the Hilo Medical Center. Other passengers suffered burns and scrapes, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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