Rutland woman remains in coma following tour boat explosion

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

Jackson and her husband were in The Bahamas celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary, her father told WRCB TV Chattanooga.

An American tourist killed in a tour boat explosion in the Bahamas over the weekend has been identified as x year old woman, Maleka Grimes Jackson.

The incident occurred in island of Exuma around 9:00am this Saturday, June 30. There were 10 Americans in all on the boat, at least 8 others were also injured.

One woman died from her injuries, said authorities.

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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According to a close family friend, Jackson had to have a limb amputated because of the explosion.

A fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 to help members of a Rutland family injured in an explosion on a boat in the Bahamas has exceeded its goal.

"The fight continues. After Stefanie landed in Florida she went straight into surgery", the update reads.

Another passenger, 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer, was severely injured in the explosion, leading to a double leg amputation.

"I don't think she knows she doesn't have any legs left", he said.

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Stefanie and Brooke Schaffer were on vacation with their mother and stepfather.

In his Facebook post, he said she also suffered two broken arms, a fractured spine, broken wrist as well as injuries to her liver and spleen.

Four people were airlifted to a hospital in Florida and five others were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, on New Providence Island, Bahamas, Knowles said. She's going into her senior year at Castleton University, planned to do an internship and graduate in December.

The cause of the boat fire is now under investigation.

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