American killed in Bahamas boat explosion ID'd as Tennessee woman

American killed in Bahamas boat explosion ID'd as Tennessee woman

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.

A GoFundMe page created to help the family said Stefanie and her sister, Brooke Schaffer, were traveling on vacation with Stacey and their stepfather, Paul Bender. We are raising funds for the medical and travel expenses. The tragedy occurred about 130 miles south of Exuma, an island south of Nassau, ABC 10 reports.

The post continues, "Stefanie sustained life threatening injuries including a double amputation and remains in critical condition".

One woman died from her injuries, said authorities. Stacey suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", the most recent update reads on the page.

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Four injured Americans were airlifted by the Coast Guard and taken to St. Pete-Clearwater airport.

The cause of the incident is unknown, and is being investigated by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the United States Coast Guard announced, according to Fox 13.

The news is especially devastating for her family, George told ABC News, because Schaffer "danced her whole childhood".

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

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