1 dead, 9 others injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas

03 July, 2018, 02:31 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • People on a neighboring boat attempted to rescue injured passengers from the explosion off Exuma in the Bahamas on Saturday

The horrific explosion left 1 dead, and 10 others injured.

Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said the people being treated at the island hospital in George Town were in stable condition. Both of her lower legs were amputated and she needs surgery on her spine for a lumbar disk fracture, the page said. Officials have not yet released the identities of the victims. Paul and Brooke suffered a few bruises and cuts, but Stephanie and Stacey sustained severe injuries. With her on the tour boat was her sister, Brooke, and their mother and stepfather, Stacey and Paul Bender. Because of Stefanie's serious injuries and the surgery needed because of the Stacey's fractured legs, the family is working to get Stefanie and Stacey back to the United States.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family's medical costs.

The explosion took place around 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 30 more than 11 miles south of Nassau.

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

The watercraft was carrying 12 passengers - including 10 American tourists and two Bahamians - Saturday morning when there was an explosion aboard and the boat burst into flames, according to the US Coast Guard and local reports.

"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.

Chester Cooper, a member of parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island, identified the person who died as an American woman.

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