Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Clearwater Coast Guard crews assist in rescue after boat explodes in Bahamas

A tour boat carrying 10 Americans and two Bahamians exploded off the island of Exuma on Saturday. Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to Florida by the US Coastguard 1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas
Leonard Rios | 04 July, 2018, 02:04

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

Stacey Schaffer and her daughter Stefanie were among 10 American tourists and two Bahamians who were on the boat when the explosion occurred.

Another American, 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer, lost her legs after sustaining life-threatening injuries in the explosion, news reports said.

He said his niece remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma at a Nassau hospital.

Two people on the boat were not injured, passengers from a neighboring boat captured the aftermath of the explosion on video. The others victims were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

A GoFundMe page created to help the family said Stefanie and her sister, Brooke Schaffer, were traveling on vacation with Stacey and their stepfather, Paul Bender.

The tour boat explosion is still under investigation, according to reports.

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Authorities in the Bahamas are working to determine what caused the fire minutes into a day trip around the small islands near Great Exuma.

The name of the woman who died has not been released.

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.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene, transporting injured Americans to St. Pete using an HC-130 Hercules helicopter from its Clearwater station.

Her brother George Schaffer posted on his Facebook page that surgeons amputated both Stefanie's legs below the knees.

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

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