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

American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

An American woman in the Bahamas celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary was killed and nine others were injured, including another U.S. woman who lost both legs, when a tour boat exploded Saturday morning off the coast of Exuma.

A mysterious boat explosion injured 10 people and killed one in the Bahamas on Saturday, June 30. Several of the injured were from the same American family, the Schaffers, but only the American woman died.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, (left), her teenage sister Brooke (middle), and their mother Stacey (right) were among the injured when a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Stefanie and her family.

Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close.

Schaffer was taken to a Bahamas hospital, where both her legs were amputated. They are being treated at hospitals in Pinellas County. Stefanie also requires surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", the most recent update reads on the page.

The cause of the incident is unknown, and is being investigated by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the United States Coast Guard announced, according to Fox 13.

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, confirmed that the deceased was an American woman. It shows people jumping "into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat", according to ABC News. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

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