American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

03 July, 2018, 09:17 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • People on a neighboring boat attempted to rescue injured passengers from the explosion off Exuma in the Bahamas on Saturday

ONE person is dead and several others are injured after a boating accident in Exuma.

A mysterious boat explosion injured 10 people and killed one in the Bahamas on Saturday, June 30. George said Stefanie had both of her legs amputated and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

A video shows black smoke billowing from the boat, which was engulfed in flames, as people swim to rescue those still on board. Passengers on the neighboring boat can be seen shouting desperately to move their boat farther away in case there's another explosion.

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Brooke and Stefanie's father, George Schaffer, and their brother, George Jr., are traveling to be with them in the Bahamas.

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

Shanta Knowles, superintendent of police for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, told NBC investigators were still "trying to determine what went wrong". "Stacey will also need surgery for her two fractured legs". "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", it reads. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

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A GoFundMe page was created by the Schaffer family on Sunday to raise funds for medical and travel expenses. The explosion caused the entire ship to catch fire, according to a police statement.

The tragedy shocked a member of Parliament for Exumas, Chester Cooper, who took to Facebook and said an American woman had died in the explosion.

The tour boat explosion is still under investigation, according to reports.

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