1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas

A GoFundMe page was created by the Schaffer family on Sunday to raise funds for medical and travel expenses. "The Family wants everyone to know they are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support by so many of you". Stefanie Schaffer, 22, of Rutland, Vt., lost both of her legs.

An American woman is dead and nine other people were injured following an explosion aboard a tour boat in the Bahamas early Saturday, according to officials.

The boating accident occurred off the coast of the town of Barraterre on the island of Exuma. So far, the family has raised over $30,000 of their $50,000 goal. Stacey Bender has broken bones and Brooke Schaffer and Paul Bender have cuts and bruises.

Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close. Stefanie also requires surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", it reads.

A video of the incident, filmed from a nearby boat and posted to YouTube, shows the vessel covered in flames with thick black smoke rising. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

Four injured Americans were airlifted by the Coast Guard and taken to St. Pete-Clearwater airport.

The deceased woman was identified as an American woman by Chester Cooper, a member of the parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island. The cause of the explosion has not been determined at this time. Jones' two sons were on the boat but also survived the explosion, according to UK Daily Mail.

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