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Others jumped into the water and swam toward the burning ship, bringing the injured on board. this man appeared to be bleeding from the back of his head. Stacey suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries, while Stefanie sustained life-threatening injuries resulting in both of her legs being amputated. The names and conditions of the other victims have not been released. She was on vacation with her sister, Brooke, mother, Stacey, and stepfather, Paul Bender, at the time of the explosion. Stefanie also requires surgery on her spine for an L1 lumbar disk fracture.

A GoFundMe campaign has since been launched by the family to raise money for Stefanie and Stacey's medical expenses.

According to wire reports, on Saturday the family was on a boat tour off the island of Exuma, located about 130 miles south of Nassau. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", the most recent update reads on the page.

On their Facebook page, the U.S. Coast Guard Southeast posted they assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force by evacuating four American citizens by air to Florida after an explosion on a boat near Exuma, Bahamas.




The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene, transporting injured Americans to St. Pete using an HC-130 Hercules helicopter from its Clearwater station.

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".

Shortly after 9 a.m., ten American tourists and two Bahamians were onboard a 40' chartered tour boat traveling just off Barraterre, when an engine exploded and caused the boat to catch fire.


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