"They're unbelievable people", he said of the woman and her family, who are visiting the island.
An explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rock crashing through the roof of a sightseeing boat off Hawaii's Big Island, injuring 23 people Monday, officials said.
Despite the alarming events of Monday morning, an employee told NPR, that the company's owner and boat captain, Shane Turpin, had continued to lead other tours throughout the day.
Last week, scientists at the US Geological Survey said the flow of lava had created a new small island.
The department said the exact location and time of the incident is now unclear.
The basketball-sized lava bomb punctured the boat's roof and debris from the explosion littered the floor of the vessel, the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said on Facebook.
A 20-year-old woman suffered major leg trauma, while other passengers were left with burns and scrapes following the incident on the Hot Spot tour boat early Monday morning.
Of the 13 injured passengers, four were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department. It prohibits vessels from getting closer than 984 feet (300 meters) from ocean-entry points. There were no warning signs before the blast, he said.
The volcano's eruption on Hawaii has been an ongoing emergency on the island since May, sending thousands of residents from their homes, destroyed hundreds of structures, and captivating the world through arresting images showcasing the earth's raw destructive power.
Kilauea is one of the world's most active volcanos and one of five on the island.
Injured passengers are being interviewed in hospital.
"It's most likely part of the fissure 8 flow that's entering the ocean-and possibly a submarine tumulus that built up underwater and emerged above sea level", the observatory said.