Boat explosion in Bahamas kills one American tourist, others injured

Boat explosion in Bahamas kills one American tourist, others injured

Boat explosion in Bahamas kills one American tourist, others injured

A Rutland girl had both her lower legs amputated after she was injured in the Bahamas when the tour boat she was on exploded on Saturday.

Maleka and Tyran Jackson were on the small boat along with 10 other Americans and two Bahamas natives; Maleka was killed and Tyran suffered burns, ABC News reports.

Stefanie Schaffer, one of the victims on board the vessel, was identified as an American. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same.

Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, is in critical condition after a deadly boat explosion in the Bahamas on June 30.

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The other nine, including the Schaffer family, were injured.

An update on the GoFundMe page, which was posted on Monday, said the Schaffer family was "thankful for the outpouring of love and support by so many of you".

Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said in a statement: "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

Video of the explosion's aftermath was shot by a passenger on another tour boat that came to the rescue. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together".

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the USCG said. The captain of the boat and owner of "4 C's Adventures" tour company was also among those taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

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