American tourist dies in boat explosion in the Bahamas

People on a neighboring boat attempted to rescue injured passengers from the explosion off Exuma in the Bahamas on Saturday

A fiery explosion on a small tour boat in the Bahamas killed one person and injured nine others on Saturday, authorities said.

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

Family friends are now trying to raise money to help the girl, Stefanie Schaffer and her mother, Stacey Shaffer who was also injured. "The boat bursts into flames shortly after 9 a.m". Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices.

Stefanie Schaffer, 22, is in critical condition after a deadly boat explosion in the Bahamas on June 30.

The captain of that boat, Ron Watson, has been discharged from a hospital in Nassau, the capital of Bahama, after receiving treatment there, CNN reported.

In less than a day, a GoFundMe site set up for Schaffer raised more than $50,000 to help with medical expenses and travel. It shows people jumping "into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat", according to ABC News.

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

It's unclear what caused the explosion, although it appeared to involve the engine. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together".

Exuma police are leading the investigation. Jones' two sons were on the boat but also survived the explosion, according to UK Daily Mail.

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