American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion

Posted July 03, 2018

An update on the GoFundMe page, which was posted on Monday, said the Schaffer family was "thankful for the outpouring of love and support by so many of you. One of them said she couldn't feel her legs so my son jumped into the water to help her", he told the Bahamas Tribune.

Stefanie Schaffer was one of the 12 people on a tour boat in the Bahamas when the vessel went up in flames, according to ABC7.

The accident also left Stefanie Schaffer in a medically-induced coma with severe injuries, ABC News reported.

The explosion happened off the exclusive island of Exuma at around 9 a.m. Saturday morning. "We know their expenses will far exceed this as this becomes a life long struggle for this family", the page said. Paul and Brooke suffered bruises and cuts. There was 10 passengers and two Bahamians on board at the time. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", it reads.

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

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The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Bahamas Police Force.

The explosion appeared to completely engulf the boat in flames as thick, black smoke pillowed into the sky.

Video of the explosion's aftermath was shot by a passenger on another tour boat that came to the rescue.

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.

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