An American woman is dead and nine other people were injured following an explosion aboard a tour boat in the Bahamas early Saturday, according to officials.
Stacey Schaffer and her daughter Stefanie were among 10 American tourists and two Bahamians who were on the boat when the explosion occurred. Stefanie suffered life-threatening injuries according to her brother George, who spoke to ABC News on Sunday, July 1. She's now in a medically induced coma in critical condition; her mother was also severely injured. "The boat bursts into flames shortly after 9 a.m.", the page read.
Video of the explosion's aftermath was shot by a passenger on another tour boat that came to the rescue. They are also hospitalized in Nassau.
Schaffer (left) was on board with her younger sister Brooke (center) mother Stacey (right) and step-father Paul Bender. Police have not identified the person who died.More news: Russian Federation beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters
The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four Americans to St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment while six people were treated in Nassau. Passengers on the nearby boat can be heard screaming while others are seen wading towards the flaming ship with flotation devices. "We are saddened and our hearts are hurting, but we will get through this together".
A photo of the Schaffer family posted to GoFundMe page.
Stefanie's family members spoke to reporters, saying they were heartbroken by the tragedy, and can't imagine how the girl will feel when she wakes up to realize her legs are gone.
The cause of the blast remains under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, according to the Coast Guard.