Vt. woman seriously injured in Bahamas tour boat explosion

People on a neighboring boat attempted to rescue injured passengers from the explosion off Exuma in the Bahamas on Saturday

Stephanie Schaffer, a 22-year-old student at Castleton University, was among nine people injured when the boat exploded Saturday, killing a USA citizen.

A Rutland girl had both her lower legs amputated after she was injured in the Bahamas when the tour boat she was on exploded on Saturday. George said Stefanie had both of her legs amputated and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

A GoFundMe campaign to assist with the Schaffer's medical and travel expenses has raised more than $80,000 as of Monday evening. It's not clear what caused the boat to burst into flames.

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According to a CNN report, the 40-foot tour boat was carrying tourists and two Bahamians before an engine exploded shortly after 9 a.m.

Stephanie's sister, Brooke, suffered minor injuries, Brian said, while the girls' mother sustained some broken bones and "we believe some internal bleeding, as well", he added. Because of Stefanie's serious injuries and the surgery needed because of the Stacey's fractured legs, the family is working to get Stefanie and Stacey back to the United States.

Two men are seen wading out to the boat to pull one of the victims from the burning vessel, while one man, who fled the blaze, was seen bleeding and yelling for a doctor to help.

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

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted four people injured in the explosion to St. Petersburg, Florida Saturday.

The Vermont Center for Dance Education said Ms Schaffer had been a part of their "dance family" for years.

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