American killed in Bahamas boat explosion ID'd as Tennessee woman

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

American killed in Bahamas boat explosion ID'd as Tennessee woman

A Vermont woman was seriously injured when a tour boat she was on exploded in the Bahamas Saturday. Jackson was celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, had been holidaying on the islands with her family when the tourist boat they were on burst into flames. Schaffer, who "danced her whole childhood", according to her brother George Schaffer, suffered multiple broken bones, including a fractured spine, two broken arms, a broken wrist, as well as internal injuries. It shows people jumping "into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat", according to ABC News.

Schaffer was taken to a Bahamas hospital, where both her legs were amputated.

Her sister Brooke, mother Stacey and stepdad Paul Bender were also on the boat with the young woman. "I love you more than words can say".

The accident also left Stefanie Schaffer in a medically-induced coma with severe injuries, ABC News reported. Paul and Brooke suffered bruises and cuts. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated". Brooke and Stefanie's father and brother are now traveling to be with them in the Bahamas.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four people injured in the explosion to St. Petersburg, Florida Saturday.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends". Passengers on the neighboring boat can be seen shouting desperately to move their boat farther away in case there's another explosion.

Authorities have not identified the cause of the explosion and the Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating the incident, according to CNN.

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