At around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, 10 Americans and two Bahamians were on the 40-foot chartered tour boat when its engine exploded near Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays.
Schaffer was with her younger sister, mother and stepfather when disaster struck. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts.
Passengers who survived the deadly Bahamas boat explosion have described how they created makeshift gurneys to desperately get the injured to shore, including the severely injured dancer who had both her legs amputated.
Ms Schaffer was sitting right above the location of the blast and is also in a critical condition, her uncle told NBC News.
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The woman who died and five other tourists injured in the explosion were not identified, WPLG in Florida reported. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. The nearby boat then moved close to the burning vessel and attempted to rescue the injured passengers and crew. 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.
Some passengers aboard the nearby boat were anxious that their vessel could also catch fire if they got too close.