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

05 July 2018

CBS News reports that an American tourist had died, several others injured Saturday morning after the boat they were on caught fire in the Bahamas.

Her sister Brooke, mother Stacey and stepdad Paul Bender were also on the boat with the young woman.

Image via Facebook.The mother of Chattanooga native Maleka Grimes Jackson describes her daughter as a "Gem" a "God Fearing Woman" following her death in a boat explosion in the Bahamas over the weekend.

Her brother, George Schaffer Jr., said in a Facebook post that Stefanie had two broken arms, a broken wrist a fractured spine and internal injuries to her kidneys, spleen and liver.

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Sheila and her family were on vacation with Stefanie and her relatives.

The boat became engulfed in flames at around 9 a.m. off the coast of Exuma, according to WPLG in Florida.

But Maleka didn't survive the explosion, and her husband is still recovering from his injuries at a hospital in South Florida. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together".

The cause of the blast remains under investigation.

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Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses. Grimes said Jackson's son has learned of her death and understands the "eternal place of his mom".

Authorities say all of the tourists on the boat were American. She is now in a medically-induced coma in a Nassau, Bahamas hospital. "Paul and Brooke suffered bruises and cuts", read the page, which had raised more than $106,000 Tuesday afternoon.

American Stefanie Schaffer, a talented dancer, sustained life-threatening injuries and was in critical condition after a double amputation, her family said.

"You see this stuff on TV but you don't ever think it's going to be someone you know", he said.

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According to Castleton University officials, Schaffer is registered as a senior for the fall semester.

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