Several U.S. vacationers and their families are coping with devastating injury and loss in the aftermath of a boat explosion in the Bahamas.
On June 30, a tour boat operated by Four C’s Adventures exploded with 12 people aboard. The boat explosion killed 39-year-old Maleka Jackson of Woodstock, Georgia, and seriously injured her husband, Tiran. The couple was in the Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary.
The couple was among 12 people aboard the boat who were injured when it exploded.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Jacksons booked a half-day tour with Four C’s Adventures to snorkel and see the beach-dwelling and swimming pigs that have become a major tourist attraction in the Bahamas.
Tiran suffered a “traumatic amputation of left ankle with severe damage to the soft tissue, to bones, to arteries and nerves,” Dr. Igor Nichiporenko of Broward Health North said, according to Miami’s WSVN Channel 7 News. Tiran also sustained a broken collarbone and fractured lower back.
The boat explosion also critically injured a 22-year old ballet dancer from Vermont, who underwent a double-leg amputation.
Stephanie Schaffer, 22, remains in a medically induced for days after being critically injured in the tour boat blast. In addition to undergoing a double amputation, she suffered two broken arms, a broken wrist, fractured spine, and multiple internal injuries affecting her kidneys, spleen, and liver in the explosion.
Stephanie’s mother, sister, and stepfather were also on the boat when it exploded. According to a Facebook post by Ms. Schaffer’s brother, George John Schaeffer, his mother suffers multiple broken bones and some internal injuries, but his sister, Brooke, and father-in-law sustained just minor injuries.
Described as a lifelong ballet dancer in multiple reports, Ms. Schaeffer attends Coastal Carolina University and is due to graduate later this year. A family member told the press that Ms. Schaeffer is unaware of the amputations.
Authorities in Nassau, Bahamas, have issued a cease-and-desist order to the boat company while the boat explosion is being investigated.