Bahamas boat explosion leaves 1 tourist dead, several injured

Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard

Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard

A US tourist was killed and several others injured when a tourist boat exploded in the Bahamas over the weekend, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Maleka Jackson and her husband were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary.

Authorities have released the names of tourists aboard a boat that mysteriously exploded in the Bahamas over the weekend.

There were 12 passengers on the boat, including two from the Bahamas. Stefanie has not only suffered the loss of her lower legs, but needs surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture.

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

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A GoFundMe page created to help the family said Stefanie and her sister, Brooke Schaffer, were traveling on vacation with Stacey and their stepfather, Paul Bender. Stacey suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same. "Your prayers, as always, are needed and appreciated". "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", Bahamas parliament member Chester Cooper posted on Facebook, according to CNN.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

"I've been trying to come up with something to say but I'm at a loss and completely heartbroken", one person wrote in a post on Sunday.

Cell phone video shows flames and black smoke coming from the engine area of the small vessel. Passengers on the neighboring boat can be seen shouting desperately to move their boat farther away in case there's another explosion.

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