Vacationing woman dies in Bahamas tour boat explosion; nine more injured

Vacationing woman dies in Bahamas tour boat explosion; nine more injured

Vacationing woman dies in Bahamas tour boat explosion; nine more injured

A Vermont woman was seriously injured when a tour boat she was on exploded in the Bahamas Saturday.

Among the others injured in the blast was teen Haiden Jones, his brother Kyle Ackerman, his mother Sheila Jones, and her boyfriend John Inman, Haiden's father said on Facebook.

The accident also left Stefanie Schaffer in a medically-induced coma with severe injuries, ABC News reported.

"We know their expenses will far exceed this", the page reads, "as this becomes a life long struggle for this family". People on a nearby boat watched in shock Saturday as flames and black smoke poured into the sky. All 10 passengers on the craft were Americans.

The news is especially devastating for her family, George told ABC News, because Schaffer "danced her whole childhood". Stefanie has not only suffered the loss of her lower legs, but needs surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture. The others were taken to a hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas. Because of Stefanie's serious injuries and the surgery needed because of the Stacey's fractured legs, the family is working to get Stefanie and Stacey back to the United States.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family's medical costs. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

Video of the explosion's aftermath was shot by a passenger on another tour boat that came to the rescue.

It's unclear what caused the explosion, although it appeared to involve the engine.

The company that ran the trip, 4C's Adventures, declined to comment on the explosion to because they are under investigation.

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