Boat explosion in Bahamas kills one American tourist, others injured

Geneva Stokes
July 4, 2018

Schaffer was with her younger sister, mother and stepfather when disaster struck. Her mom, Stacey "suffered multiples broken bones and internal injuries".

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, is in a medically induced coma, and is thought to be unaware both her legs have been amputated, her uncle told U.S. media. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same.

Family friends are now trying to raise money to help the girl, Stefanie Schaffer and her mother, Stacey Shaffer who was also injured.

One woman died and nine others were injured.

The cause of the explosion is not yet known. Video shot by onlookers on a neighboring showed the aftermath of the explosion.

A passenger told "CBS This Morning" the group of 12, including two crew members, was just a few minutes into a half-day wildlife excursion ahead of the blast.

"Her legs, below her knees, had to be amputated", Stefanie's uncle, Mike Schaffer said.

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The incident occurred in island of Exuma around 9:00am this Saturday, June 30.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, had been holidaying on the islands with her family when the tourist boat they were on burst into flames.

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

Two men are seen wading out to the boat to pull one of the victims from the burning vessel, while one man, who fled the blaze, was seen bleeding and yelling for a doctor to help.

A photo of the Schaffer family posted to GoFundMe page. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", Cooper said in a Facebook post.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident.

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