His boat was not involved in Monday's incident off the coast of the Big Island, which seriously injured a woman in her 20s.
"As we were exiting the zone, all of a sudden everything around us exploded, Shane Turpin, who owned the ship, told InsideEdition.com".
After the basketball-size lava bomb struck the boat, the vessel returned to Wailoa Small Boat Harbor, in Hilo, where emergency responders and officers met it.
The lava has carved a new channel in to the landscape, as it makes its way to the Pacific Ocean.
"During this morning's overflight, HVO's (Hawaii Volcano Observatory) field crew noticed the island was oozing lava similar to the lava oozing from the broad flow front along the coastline", the USGS noted.
A tiny island that formed last week off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island from Kilauea volcano lava is no more.
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Monday's large blast may also be related to the undersea landscape and the amount of lava being produced by a fissure miles from the coast. But the offshore topography of the new ocean entry is shallow, meaning explosions could occur much closer to the surface. Afterwards authorities will decide whether to increase the 300-metre restriction zone, she said.
The USGS said the local community should name the island.
Officials have warned of the danger of getting close to lava entering the ocean, saying the interaction can create clouds of acid and fine glass.
A 20-year-old girl suffered the most serious injury, which DLNR is describing as a traumatic leg injury.
The agency allows experienced boat operators to apply for a special license to get up to 164 feet (50 meters) from where lava sizzles into the sea.
As one of the youngest and most active volcanoes in the world, the Kilauea Volcano has been erupting almost continuously since early May.