1 dead, 9 injured as tour boat explodes

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A USA tourist was killed and several others injured when a tourist boat exploded in the Bahamas over the weekend, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

The American who was killed in a tour boat explosion over the weekend in the Bahamas was from Chattanooga.

Stefanie Schaffer, one of the victims on board the vessel, was identified as an American.

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

There were 12 passengers on the boat, including two from the Bahamas.

The news is especially devastating for her family, George told ABC News, because Schaffer "danced her whole childhood".

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Schaffer was taken to a Bahamas hospital, where both her legs were amputated.

The other nine, including the Schaffer family, were injured. "Stacey will also need surgery for her two fractured legs".

The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. "The Family wants everyone to know they are so thankful for the outpouring of love and support by so many of you".

A GoFundMe campaign has since been launched by the family to raise money for Stefanie and Stacey's medical expenses. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", it reads.

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

Video recorded at the scene and obtained by ABC 11 shows the moments after the explosion as passengers on a nearby boat attempt to help.

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