Former CCU student critically injured in Bahamas boat explosion

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Police are still working to determine what went wrong when a boat carrying 10 US tourists exploded in the Bahamas on Saturday. Jackson was reportedly celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary in the Bahamas with her husband Tyran, who was injured in the blast. Also among the injured was 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer, a dancer and athlete who had both legs amputated after the blast, NBC News reports.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Stefanie and her family.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, had been holidaying on the islands with her family when the tourist boat they were on burst into flames. The nearby boat then moved close to the burning vessel and attempted to rescue the injured passengers and crew.


According to a CNN report, the 40-foot tour boat was carrying tourists and two Bahamians before an engine exploded shortly after 9 a.m. EMS Air Ambulance flew others for medical care at Nassau's Princess Margaret Hospital. She was riding with her sister Brooke and parents Paul and Stacey Bender on Saturday when the boat suddenly erupted. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts.

Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper said in a statement: "This is a sad day for Exuma and a sad day for our American friends".

'We used plywood and some 2-by-6s basically as gurneys to get the passengers to shore, ' Inman said.


Four injured Americans were airlifted by the Coast Guard and taken to St. Pete-Clearwater airport.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, CNN reported.

Her brother George Schaffer posted on his Facebook page that surgeons amputated both Stefanie's legs below the knees.


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