Bahamas boat explosion: One American dead, 9 injured

American woman dead nine others from U.S. injured after tour boat explodes in Bahamas

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, was one of 12 people - 10 USA 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 was among 12 passengers on the boat.

The post continues, "Stefanie sustained life threatening injuries including a double amputation and remains in critical condition".

The family, along with other tourists were exploring the sights off the island of Exuma, located about 130 miles south of Nassau when the boat burst into flames shortly after 9 AM.

Twelve people were on the boat, 10 Americans and two Bahamians. They are being treated at hospitals in Pinellas County.

Schaffer also suffered broken arms, a fractured spine and internal injuries, The Rutland Herald reported. He said both of his sisters, Stefanie and Brooke, were on the boat with their mother and stepfather Stacey and Paul Bender.

One woman died and nine others were injured.

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The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four people injured in the explosion to St. Petersburg, Florida Saturday.

Schaffer's brother, George, posted on Facebook about the incident.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends", Chester Cooper, an Exumas and Ragged Island Parliament member, said in a statement on Facebook.

Bahamian authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, according to AP.

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

"We used plywood and some 2-by-6s basically as gurneys to get the passengers to shore", Inman said.

A good Samaritan then offered to rush Stefanie and her mother Stacey, who was also injured, to a hospital 30 minutes away.

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