Avid ballet dancer loses legs in Bahamas tour boat explosion

A tour boat carrying 10 Americans and two Bahamians exploded off the island of Exuma on Saturday. Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to Florida by the US Coastguard

1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas

At least three people on board a neighboring boat jumped into the waters to help pull one person to safety.

Stefanie's mother, Stacey, sustained serious injuries, while her stepfather Paul Bender and her sister Brooke escaped with cuts and bruises.

She suffered two broken arms, a broken wrist, fractured spine and internal injuries to her kidneys, spleen and liver when the boat burst into flames.

Jackson's mother also sent a statement to Channel 3 saying her daughter was a "God-fearing woman".


According to Jackson's family, Maleka was on vacation to celebrate her anniversary with her husband, Tyran Jackson.

The passengers on the boat were not identified, but the superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force told NBC News that an American woman was killed in the explosion.

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

Maleka Jackson's father, Malvin Grimes, said she was a loving mother to her 12-year-old son and believed in giving back to her community.


Maleka Grimes Jackson and her husband Tyran were enjoying their time together when an explosion rocked the vessel off the coast of the southern island of Exuma. "I'm a descendant of Wakanda I was here", she said, referring to the fictional African utopia in the movie Black Panther.

A GoFundMe page for the Schaffer family has raised more than $90,000.

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.

Despite the shock and sadness, Maleka and Tiran Jackson's friends say they want the world to know about this wonderful couple.


Chaffer has been in a coma since the accident with a brain injury and has undergone five hours of surgery, including having parts of her legs amputated.

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