One person was killed after a boat goes up in flames following an explosion in the Bahamas.
"On Saturday June 30th the family joined a boat tour to enjoy the sights off the island of Exuma, located about 130 miles south of Nassau". Three people on the neighboring boat jumped into the shallow waters and helped to pull at least one injured person off the disabled boat.
According to news accounts, Stefanie Schaffer sustained life-threatening injuries and had to have both legs amputated.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the Exuma branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
"Maleka was a loving Mom, dedicated wife, grateful daughter and supportive friend", a post on the fundraiser reads. She and her husband were vacationing in the Bahamas to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, he said.
A fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 to help members of a Rutland family injured in an explosion on a boat in the Bahamas has exceeded its goal. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts. Stacey is also in the hospital being treated for her injuries.
"The scary thing is Stefanie doesn't know that she's lost her legs, and that's what really upsets me", the relative said, according to the Daily Mail.
Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Schaffer, left, is shown here with her sister Brooke and mother Stacey, right, in a GoFundMe photo.
A GoFundMe for medical and travel expenses for Shaffer and her family said the 22-year-old underwent a double amputation below the knees and remains in critical condition. One woman died. Several others were airlifted to Nassau and Miami for further treatment.
According to Castleton University officials, Schaffer is registered as a senior for the fall semester.