1 dead, 9 injured after boat explosion off coast of the Bahamas

1 dead, 9 injured after boat explosion off coast of the Bahamas

1 dead, 9 injured after boat explosion off coast of the Bahamas

At least one American tourist is dead and ten people were injured after the tour boat exploded, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force (via CNN). Maleka Grimes Jackson, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was killed.

According to news accounts, Stefanie Schaffer sustained life-threatening injuries and had to have both legs amputated.

After Saturday's incident she remained in critical condition in an induced coma in Nassau, reports US-based ABC News.

A GoFundMe page set up to help cover medical and travel expenses for the Schaffer family has raised over $100,000 within one day. The boat was carrying 12 people, including 10 Americans and two Bahamians.

She suffered two broken arms, a broken wrist, fractured spine and internal injuries to her kidneys, spleen and liver when the boat burst into flames. Sisters Stefanie and Brooke Schaffer were on board with their parents, Stacey and Paul Bender, at the time of the blast.

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An unidentified American woman was killed in the explosion. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts.

Four injured people were evacuated to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Shanta Knowles told the AP that 10 US citizens and two Bahamian crew members were on board the ship, which was embarking on a day trip near the Bahamas's Great Exuma Island. Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers.

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion on the 40ft (12m) chartered vessel, minutes into the trip off Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays. Because of Stefanie's serious injuries and the surgery needed because of the Stacey's fractured legs, the family is working to get Stefanie and Stacey back to the United States.

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