Bahamas boat explosion: One American dead, 9 injured


The explosion on the 40-foot vessel occurred around 9 a.m., when its engine caught fire, according the Royal Bahamas Police Force, CNN reported. With her on the tour boat was her sister, Brooke, and their mother and stepfather, Stacey and Paul Bender. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts. She is reportedly in a medically induced coma in a hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, where her mother is also being treated for broken bones and other injuries. One person, Maleka Jackson, was killed and 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer lost both of her legs.

Ms Schaffer was sitting right above the location of the blast and is also in a critical condition, her uncle told NBC News.

A GoFundMe campaign to assist with the Schaffer's medical and travel expenses has raised more than $80,000 as of Monday evening.

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, confirmed that the deceased was an American woman. Video shot by onlookers on a neighboring showed the aftermath of the explosion.

Ten Americans and two Bahamians were aboard the boat when it exploded, according to officials. Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices.

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The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident.

"We used plywood and some 2-by-6s basically as gurneys to get the passengers to shore", Inman said.

Coast Guard crews in Clearwater assisted in the rescue of several people who were injured Saturday after an explosion on a tour boat near Exuma in the Bahamas.

"My mom now has a fractured lower right leg, a shattered left ankle that is going to require surgery, a fractured right wrist, at least two broken ribs, and a contusion on her lungs".

Schaffer's brother, George, posted on Facebook about the incident.