Bahama Boat Explosion Kills Tourist, Injures 9 Others

July 2, 2018 4:34 am Last Updated: July 2, 2018 4:34 am

A small tour boat sailing in the Bahamas on June 30 caught fire and exploded, killing one tourist and injuring nine others, reported Fox News.

The boat, which was located about 130 miles south of Nassau, burst into flames around 9 a.m.

Spokesperson Chanta Knowles from the Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed that 12 passengers—10 Americans and two Bahamians—were onboard when the explosion happened.

Area in the Bahamas where tour boat exploded. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

WPLG reported that several people from a neighboring boat jumped into the waters to help, pulling one person to safety.

Two Americans were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau and were in “extremely critical condition.”

One American and Bahamian were also airlifted to Nassau for treatment. Four Americans were airlifted to Florida, while others on board did not have serious injuries, according to Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper.

The United States Coast Guard confirmed in a statement that it sent an airplane with two medical personnel from Air Station Clearwater to transport the boaters to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The cause of the incident is under investigation by Royal Bahamas Police Force, the United States Coast Guard said in a statement.