American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas

American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas

American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas

One person is dead and nine others were airlifted to hospitals in Florida and the Bahamas after a boat exploded on Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Tennessean Maleka Grimes-Jackson and her husband, Tyran Jackson, took an anniversary trip every year, going to far-flung locales including China, Japan and parts of South America, her father, Malvin Grimes, told WRCB-TV. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same.

A GoFundMe campaign to assist with the Schaffer's medical and travel expenses has raised more than $80,000 as of Monday evening. "The boat bursts into flames shortly after 9 a.m".

Video posted online shows the boat engulfed by flamed and smoke after the blast.

Four others who were injured during the explosion were immediately flown to Florida to be hospitalized, but Stefani and Stacey's conditions were too critical, so they had to be treated in the Bahamas.

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One American woman was killed and seven other people were injured.

Stephanie's sister, Brooke, suffered minor injuries, Brian said, while the girls' mother sustained some broken bones and "we believe some internal bleeding, as well", he added. An investigation into what caused the explosion is ongoing.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends", said Chester Cooper, Exumas and Ragged Island MP, in a statement posted to Facebook.

The U.S. Coast Guard Southeast reported it assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force on Saturday after receiving a request for help. "My mom now has a fractured lower right leg, a shattered left ankle that is going to require surgery, a fractured right wrist, at least 2 broken ribs, and a contusion on her lungs". Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers.

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