Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Survivors of deadly tour boat explosion airlifted to the US

Survivors of deadly tour boat explosion airlifted to the US

The 40-foot chartered tour boat was carrying ten tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded, engulfing the vessel in flames, the statement said.

An unidentified American tourist was killed and several other people were injured in the explosion, WPLG in Florida reported. Five remain in the Bahamas and were transported more than 100 miles to a hospital in the capital of Nassau, where one passenger had her legs amputated, a family relative said. The names and conditions of the other victims have not been released.

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Stefanie's mother, Stacey Schaffer suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

The explosion happened off the exclusive island of Exuma at around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

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A USA tourist was killed and several others injured when a tourist boat exploded in the Bahamas over the weekend, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Four injured people were evacuated to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, confirmed that the deceased was an American woman.

The passengers on the boat were not identified, but the superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force told NBC News that an American woman was killed in the explosion. "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

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