Woman Killed, Another Loses Legs in Tour Boat Explosion

It's not clear what caused small boat to go up in flames
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2018 4:08 PM CDT

An American woman in the Bahamas celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary was killed and nine others were injured, including another US woman who lost both legs, when a tour boat exploded Saturday morning off the coast of Exuma. Maleka and Tyran Jackson were on the small boat along with 10 other Americans and two Bahamas natives; Maleka was killed and Tyran suffered burns, ABC News reports. Also among the injured was 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer, a dancer and athlete who had both legs amputated after the blast, NBC News reports. She's currently in a medically induced coma in critical condition; her mother was also severely injured. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family. It's not clear what caused the boat to burst into flames. ABC 11 has video of passengers on another boat trying to help the victims. (Read more Bahamas stories.)

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