Clearwater Coast Guard crews assist in rescue after boat explodes in Bahamas

A tour boat carrying 10 Americans and two Bahamians exploded off the island of Exuma on Saturday. Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to Florida by the US Coastguard

A tour boat carrying 10 Americans and two Bahamians exploded off the island of Exuma on Saturday. Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to Florida by the US Coastguard

One woman died from her injuries, said authorities. Stefanie suffered life-threatening injuries according to her brother George, who spoke to ABC News on Sunday, July 1.

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

According to Fox News, Stefanie Schaffer, a 22-year-old dancer, is in critical condition after having both of her legs amputated following the blast.

Reports say that just after 9 a.m. Saturday, a 40-foot chartered tour boat was traveling with 10 American tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded and the boat caught fire. Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices.

Cooper said others were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in the Bahamian capital of Nassau, including the boat's captain, who is also the owner of 4 C's Adventures tour company.

Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses. "Your prayers, as always, are needed and appreciated".

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

'This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends, ' Cooper said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force "requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries", around 11 a.m. ET Saturday morning.

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