American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion

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

On their Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast posted they assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force by evacuating four American citizens by air to Florida after an explosion on a boat near Exuma, Bahamas. Maleka Grimes Jackson, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was killed.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, from Rutland, Vt., lost both her legs in the explosion. She remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

A GoFundMe page that has been created to help the family with medical and travel expenses. It's not clear what caused the boat to burst into flames.

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Two people on the boat were not injured, passengers from a neighboring boat captured the aftermath of the explosion on video.

At around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, 10 Americans and two Bahamians were on the 40-foot chartered tour boat when its engine exploded near Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays. The others victims were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

Two other family members, Stefanie's sister Brooke and stepfather, Paul Bender, were also on the boat. Her mom, Stacey "suffered multiples broken bones and internal injuries". Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers.

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"We are shocked and saddened to hear the news that senior Stefanie Schaffer and her family were involved in such a tragic accident", the university wrote on Facebook.

Among the injured was Stefanie Schaffer, 22, a dancer whose injuries necessitated a double leg amputation below the knee, ABC News reports.

The company that ran the trip, 4C's Adventures, declined to comment on the explosion to DailyMail.com because they are under investigation.

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