Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Chattanooga woman victim of the Bahama tour boat explosion

Chattanooga woman victim of the Bahama tour boat explosion

On their Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast posted they assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force by evacuating four American citizens by air to Florida after an explosion on a boat near Exuma, Bahamas. Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices.

The incident is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the USCG said, as the cause of the explosion is still unknown.

"An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew with two medical personnel from Air Station Clearwater was launched, landed in Exuma, and transported the boaters to the air station where emergency medical services awaited", the U.S. Coast Guard said. We are saddened and our hearts our hurting, but we will get through this together. The captain of the boat and owner of "4 C's Adventures" tour company was also among those taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

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.

In less than a day, a GoFundMe site set up for Schaffer raised more than $50,000 to help with medical expenses and travel. At the time of writing, the campaign had received over $18,000 in donations.

Stefanie's sister Brooke and stepfather Paul Bender both managed to escape with only scratches and bruises.

The family, along with other tourists were exploring the sights off the island of Exuma, located about 130 miles south of Nassau when the boat burst into flames shortly after 9 AM.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident.

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