American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, was one of 12 people - 10 US citizens and two Bahamian crew members - who were on the boat when it exploded minutes into a day trip around the small islands near Great Exuma. Maleka Grimes Jackson, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was killed.

Sheila Jones, her son Haiden Jones and John Inman spoke exclusively to ABC News about the moments leading up to the fiery explosion off the coast of Exuma and how they helped Stefanie Schaffer, the 22-year-old woman who lost both of her legs.

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

Stefanie Schaffer's family has since created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the medical procedures for her and her mom. The boat burst into flames shortly after 9 a.m. The nearby boat then moved close to the burning vessel and attempted to rescue the injured passengers and crew. Five of the other injured victims are being treated at a hospital in Nassau.


Stefanie's mother, Stacey Schaffer suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

Stefanie's mother, Stacey, sustained serious injuries, while her stepfather Paul Bender and her sister Brooke escaped with cuts and bruises. The cause of the explosion has not been determined at this time.

One American woman was killed and seven other people were injured. Passengers on the neighboring boat can be seen shouting desperately to move their boat farther away in case there's another explosion.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four people injured in the explosion to St. Petersburg, Florida Saturday. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", Cooper wrote on Facebook.

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