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

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

ONE person is dead and several others are injured after a boating accident in Exuma.

Her sister Brooke, mother Stacey and stepdad Paul Bender were also on the boat with the young woman.

The boating accident occurred off the coast of the town of Barraterre on the island of Exuma. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts. Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers. "The kind words and prayers are very much needed and appreciated", the most recent update reads on the page.

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Reports say that just after 9 a.m. Saturday, a 40-foot chartered tour boat was traveling with 10 American tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded and the boat caught fire. The cause of the explosion has not been determined at this time.

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

Video of the explosion's aftermath was shot by a passenger on another tour boat that came to the rescue.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew with two medical personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida, traveled to Exuma and transported the boaters to the air station where emergency medical services awaited. The captain of the boat and owner of "4 C's Adventures" tour company was also among those taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.


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