1 dead, multiple injured in Bahamian boat explosion | Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard deployed an HC-130 airplane from Air Station Clearwater to medevac four Americans after a boat explosion in the Bahamas

An American dancer was among the victims of a tour boat explosion and fire in the Bahamas, and the 22-year-old needed to have both legs amputated as a result. Stefanie suffered life-threatening injuries according to her brother George, who spoke to ABC News on Sunday, July 1. She is now in a medically-induced coma in a Nassau, Bahamas hospital.

Two people on the boat were not injured, passengers from a neighboring boat captured the aftermath of the explosion on video.

Four of the injured were taken to a Florida hospital, while the others were being treated in Nassau. Her mother Stacey also suffered a fractured leg and at least two broken ribs.

Stefanie and Brooke Schaffer were on vacation with their mother and stepfather.

One woman died and nine others were injured.

Bahamian authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident, according to AP. Brooke and Paul managed to escape the blast with minor injuries, but Stacey also suffered serious injuries in the blast.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew with two medical personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida, traveled to Exuma and transported the boaters to the air station where emergency medical services awaited.

"My mom now has a fractured lower right leg, a shattered left ankle that is going to require surgery, a fractured right wrist, at least two broken ribs, and a contusion on her lungs". It shows people jumping "into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat", according to ABC News. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", Cooper wrote on Facebook.

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