Rutland Girl Critically Injured In Bahamas Boat Explosion

Rutland Girl Critically Injured In Bahamas Boat Explosion

Rutland Girl Critically Injured In Bahamas Boat Explosion

The boat was carrying ten American tourists and two Bahamian nationals when it burst into flames Saturday morning, killing one American and injuring nine others, the Associated Press reports.

According to news accounts, Stefanie Schaffer sustained life-threatening injuries and had to have both legs amputated.

The accident also left Stefanie Schaffer in a medically-induced coma with severe injuries, ABC News reported.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family.

Twelve people were on the boat, 10 Americans and two Bahamians.

The explosion occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday in waters off Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays, police said in a statement. They were initally treated for their injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas.

Stefanie's mother, Stacey Schaffer suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries.

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

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, confirmed that the deceased was an American woman.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the explosion. Stefanie Schaffer, 22, of Rutland, Vt., lost both of her legs.

Coast Guard crews in Clearwater assisted in the rescue of several people who were injured Saturday after an explosion on a tour boat near Exuma in the Bahamas.

According to a Facebook post by George Schaffer, the family will soon be airlifted to the US.

Her Facebook page shows a love of travel, as her cover photo, from June 2018, is of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close.

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