Woman killed in boat explosion was celebrating anniversary

04 July, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • 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

A Tennessee woman, Maleka Grimes, 39, who was celebrating her wedding anniversary, died in Saturday's blast.

A woman who used to be an avid ballet dancer suffered serious injuries in a deadly Bahamas tour boat explosion and had her lower legs amputated.

One American tourist was killed in the explosion, while two others are said to be in critical condition at a Bahamian hospital.

Stefanie Schaffer's family has since created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the medical procedures for her and her mom. Video shot by onlookers on a neighboring showed the aftermath of the explosion. The 40-foot chartered tour boat was carrying ten tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded, engulfing the vessel in flames, police said in a statement. They are also hospitalized in Nassau.

Stefanie's mother, Stacey Schaffer suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries. She was riding with her sister Brooke and parents Paul and Stacey Bender on Saturday when the boat suddenly erupted.

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According to ABC affiliate WPLG in Miami, four of the people injured are being airlifted to Bayfront Health in Saint Petersburg.

Bahama officials are investigating the cause of the explosion and fire, AP reported.

Schaffer's brother, George, posted on Facebook about the incident.

"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. Still, passengers in red life jackets waded through a translucent turquoise sea to rescue survivors from the burning boat. Stefanie's mother Stacey is also injured with two fractured legs.

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