1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas

1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas

ABC News identified the deceased victim as Maleka Jackson and reported that Maleka was in the Bahamas with her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary when the tragedy occurred.

When Grimes heard about an explosion on a tour boat off the coast of Exuma on Saturday, he prayed it wasn't the vessel his daughter was on, he said.

Shortly after 9 a.m., ten American tourists and two Bahamians were onboard a 40' chartered tour boat traveling just off Barraterre, when an engine exploded and caused the boat to catch fire. One person, Maleka Jackson, was killed and 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer lost both of her legs.

Her husband Tyrane Jackson, who suffered burns, was among the four Americans transported by the U.S. Coast Guard to a Florida hospital. His wife, Maleka Jackson did not survive the explosion.

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Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Shanta Knowles told the AP that 10 USA citizens and two Bahamian crew members were on board the ship, which was embarking on a day trip near the Bahamas's Great Exuma Island. Several of the injured were from the same American family, the Schaffers, but only the American woman died.

A good Samaritan then offered to rush Stefanie and her mother Stacey, who was also injured, to a hospital 30 minutes away.

"Maleka would be I guess what I call a shooting star", Grimes said. She was on vacation with her sister, Brooke, mother, Stacey, and stepfather, Paul Bender, at the time of the explosion.

According to a Facebook post by George Schaffer, the family will soon be airlifted to the US. Schaffer, a dancer, is a senior at Castleton University in Vermont.

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