American Woman Dead After Tour Boat Explodes in Bahamas

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A tropical vacation turned tragedy for an American family when their tour boat in the Bahamas exploded, killing one woman and injuring several others.

The American tourist who was killed in a boat explosion in the Bahamas on Saturday has been identified as a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Also among the injured was 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer, a dancer and athlete who had both legs amputated after the blast, NBC News reports. The boat's engine reportedly exploded, causing a raging fire and black smoke. Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices.

Brooke and Stefanie's father, George Schaffer, and their brother, George Jr., are traveling to be with them in the Bahamas. Five of the other injured victims are being treated at a hospital in Nassau. "Stacey will also need surgery for her two fractured legs". "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", the most recent update reads on the page.

"This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends", said Chester Cooper, Exumas and Ragged Island MP, in a statement posted to Facebook. It shows people jumping "into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat", according to ABC News. We are saddened and our hearts our hurting, but we will get through this together.

A GoFundMe campaign has since been launched by the family to raise money for Stefanie and Stacey's medical expenses.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident.

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