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American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion

03 July 2018, 05:06 | Darnell Patrick

American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion

People on a neighboring boat attempted to rescue injured passengers from the explosion off Exuma in the Bahamas on Saturday

A fiery explosion on a small tour boat in the Bahamas killed one person and injured nine others on Saturday, authorities said. She and her husband were vacationing in the Bahamas to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, he said.

Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Shanta Knowles told the AP that 10 USA 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. Her lower legs had to be amputated and she suffered a spinal injury. ABC 11 has video of passengers on another boat trying to help the victims. Stefanie also requires surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. She requires surgery on her two fractured legs.

Stefanie's mother, Stacey, sustained serious injuries, while her stepfather Paul Bender and her sister Brooke escaped with cuts and bruises.

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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". Stacey suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries. She is now in a medically-induced coma in a Nassau, Bahamas hospital. Brooke and Stefanie's father and Brother are traveling to be with them in the Bahamas, George and George Jr. The Schaffer family is from Rutland, Vermont.

Bahamian member of parliament Chester Cooper called the incident a "sad day" for the Bahamas and "for our American friends" in a Facebook post Sunday. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", he wrote on Facebook. At least one person from the boat was pulled to safety. The boat's engine reportedly exploded, causing a raging fire and black smoke. 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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