US tourist killed in Bahamas boat explosion identified

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Stefanie Schaffer's family has since created a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of the medical procedures for her and her mom. Stefanie Schaffer, 22, of Rutland, Vt., lost both of her legs.

A Vermont woman was seriously injured when a tour boat she was on exploded in the Bahamas Saturday.

Family friends are now trying to raise money to help the girl, Stefanie Schaffer and her mother, Stacey Shaffer who was also injured. "We know their expenses will far exceed this as this becomes a life long struggle for this family", the page said. Stacey Bender has broken bones and Brooke Schaffer and Paul Bender have cuts and bruises. Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", it reads.

Officials say the boat burst into flames around 9 a.m. Saturday off the coast of Exuma, an island about 130 miles south of Nassau.




The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the USCG said. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together", Cooper wrote on Facebook.

The explosion appeared to completely engulf the boat in flames as thick, black smoke pillowed into the sky.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called and launched a plane with medical personnel to Exuma and airlifted four injured boaters to a hospital in Florida. The captain of the boat and owner of "4 C's Adventures" tour company was also among those taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

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