Woman suffers ‘double amputation’ in deadly Bahamas boat explosion

Jul 03, 2018, 11:12

At least one American tourist is dead and ten people were injured after a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

ABC News reported that one of the 10 Americans, who has not been identified, who was on the boat was killed. Several of the injured were from the same American family, the Schaffers, but only the American woman died.

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Her sister Brooke, mother Stacey and stepdad Paul Bender were also on the boat with the young woman. "The boat bursts into flames shortly after 9 a.m".

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, is in critical condition after a deadly boat explosion in the Bahamas on June 30. Five others were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

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The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident. Because of Stefanie's serious injuries and the surgery needed because of the Stacey's fractured legs, the family is working to get Stefanie and Stacey back to the United States. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

A GoFundMe campaign has since been launched by the family to raise money for Stefanie and Stacey's medical expenses.

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A video of the incident, filmed from a nearby boat and posted to YouTube, shows the vessel covered in flames with thick black smoke rising. The explosion caused the entire ship to catch fire, according to a police statement. Jones' two sons were on the boat but also survived the explosion, according to UK Daily Mail.

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