Rutland family seeks help after Bahamas explosion severely injures daughter

Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard

Stacey Bender, Stefanie's mother, suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries, while Brooke Schaffer and Paul Bender, Stefanie's sister and step-father, escaped the incident with bruises and cuts. Brooke and Paul managed to escape the blast with minor injuries, but Stacey also suffered serious injuries in the blast. Her mother Stacey also suffered a fractured leg and at least two broken ribs. One person, Maleka Jackson, was killed and 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer lost both of her legs.

Stephanie Schaffer was in a medically induced coma in critical condition Monday, according to ABC, while her family was planning to relocate her to Florida.

A GoFundMe page set up to help cover medical and travel expenses for the Schaffer family has raised over $100,000 within one day.

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

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Another flight, Jetstar's 3K246, which was to land at 10.05pm from Denpasar was also scrapped. Ash is unsafe for planes as it makes runways slippery and can be sucked into their engines.

Video posted online shows the boat engulfed by flamed and smoke after the blast. Four Americans were airlifted to a hospital in Florida, the US Coast Guard Southeast said.

Ten Americans and two Bahamians were aboard the boat when it exploded, according to officials. The tragedy occurred about 130 miles south of Exuma, an island south of Nassau, ABC 10 reports.

"The boat bursts into flames shortly after 9am". Another boat nearby was able to rescue numerous passengers.

Shanta Knowles, superintendent of police for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, told NBC investigators were still "trying to determine what went wrong".

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

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