American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas

American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas”

An American woman in the Bahamas celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary was killed and nine others were injured, including another U.S. woman who lost both legs, when a tour boat exploded Saturday morning off the coast of Exuma. Her husband Tyrane Jackson is recovering in a Florida hospital, her father Malvin Grimes told the station. "Stefanie was seated on the right side in the front so she was probably closest to the explosion".

A mysterious boat explosion injured 10 people and killed one in the Bahamas on Saturday, June 30. Stefanie has not only suffered the loss of her lower legs, but needs surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. "Stacey will also need surgery for her two fractured legs".

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 multiples broken bones and internal injuries. She is now in a medically-induced coma in a Nassau, Bahamas hospital. "Your prayers, as always, are needed and appreciated".

The U.S. Coast Guard, responding to a message for help, air lifted four passengers to a Florida hospital, according to the Bahamas Press. The Schaffer family is from Rutland, Vermont. Still, passengers in red life jackets waded through a translucent turquoise sea to rescue survivors from the burning boat.

Authorities have not identified the cause of the explosion and the Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating the incident, according to CNN.

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, confirmed that the deceased was an American woman. Castleton University posted to Facebook that it was "shocked and saddened to hear that Stephanie Schaffer and her family were involved in such a traffic accident".

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