American Killed, Nine Injured in Bahamas Boat Explosion

American woman dead nine others from U.S. injured after tour boat explodes in Bahamas

One American woman was killed and nine others were injured when the tour boat they were on exploded on Saturday, just a few minutes into a day trip around the small island near Great Exuma.

There were 12 passengers on the boat, including two from the Bahamas. Stefanie suffered life-threatening injuries according to her brother George, who spoke to ABC News on Sunday, July 1.

"We heard she is in a medically-induced coma, and I don't think she knows that she doesn't have any legs left", Brian Schaffer said, adding that doctors are waiting for the 22-year-old to stabilize before flying her to the United States.

A GoFundMe page was created by the Schaffer family on Sunday to raise funds for medical and travel expenses. The boat burst into flames shortly after 9 a.m. Video of the incident shot from a neighboring vessel showed thick smoke and flames consume the 40-foot-boat, as onlookers jumped into shallow waters to help rescue passengers. They were initally treated for their injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Rutland Herald reports she also suffered two broken arms, a fractured spine and internal injuries.

Schaffer was with her younger sister, mother and stepfather when disaster struck.

The tour boat explosion is still under investigation, according to reports. Stefanie's mother Stacey is also injured with two fractured legs.

Her sister Brooke and father Paul received only minor injuries, while her mom broke several bones, per ABC7.

Four of the injured Americans on the boat were immediately airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg, Florida with the help of the US Coastguard after the explosion.

One person, an American tourist, died in the blast, believed to be caused by an engine explosion, according to CNN.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends", Chester Cooper, an Exumas and Ragged Island Parliament member, said in a statement on Facebook.

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