Friday, 21 September, 2018

Former CCU student critically injured in Bahamas boat explosion

Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard
Ray Hunter | 04 July, 2018, 02:00

Royal Bahamas Police Force Superintendent Shanta Knowles says officials from the country's police, fire and civil aviation departments were on the island of Great Exuma on Monday conducting an investigation into the explosion and fire. She was riding with her sister Brooke and parents Paul and Stacey Bender on Saturday when the boat suddenly erupted. Paul and Brooke suffered a few bruises and cuts, but Stephanie and Stacey sustained severe injuries.

After Saturday's incident she remained in critical condition in an induced coma in Nassau, reports US-based ABC News.

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

The deceased woman was identified as an American woman by Chester Cooper, a member of the parliament for Exumas and Ragged Island.

It's unclear what caused the explosion, although it appeared to involve the engine. The boat was carrying 12 people, including 10 Americans and two Bahamians.

Sheila Jones, her teenage son Haiden Jones and her partner John Inman were among those on board and told Good Morning America of the terrifying moments after the explosion.

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Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. Schwab said the interruption was "shocking", and "it just seemed like two thugs coming to the door and threatening me".

Among the injured was Stefanie Schaffer, 22, an aspiring dancer, according to a Facebook post by her brother George John Schaffer.

Footage taken by a witness on a nearby boat moments after the blast shows flames and thick black smoke billowing from the burning boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four Americans to St. Petersburg, Florida, for treatment while six people were treated in Nassau.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear the news that senior Stefanie Schaffer and her family were involved in such a tragic accident", the university wrote on Facebook.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force's Exuma branch are now investigating the incident.

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