Chattanooga woman identified as victim in Bahamas boat explosion

05 July, 2018, 03:05 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Four of the injured Americans were airlifted to a hospital in St Petersburg Florida with the help of the US Coastguard

Cherokee County school officials said 39-year-old Maleka Jackson and her husband, Tiran, were among 10 people on the boat when it blew up about 9 a.m. Saturday off the coast of Exuma, which is 130 miles south of Nassau.

Schaffer's uncle tells WCAX that she is still in critical condition.

Now, Schaffer and her mother are fighting for their lives, her brother George Schaffer told ABC.

"We were picking up speed and enjoying the ride". It was a brisk ride, it was attractive, ' Inman said.

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

According to Inman, the water was just a few feet deep - shallow enough to stand in. Stefanie's mother Stacey is also injured with two fractured legs. "I'm a descendant of Wakanda I was here", she said, referring to the fictional African utopia in the movie Black Panther. 'All I could think about if that was my child I would want someone there'.

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According to a close family friend, Jackson had to have a limb amputated because of the explosion. Sheila's son Haiden is the boyfriend of Stefanie's younger sister Brooke. Luckily, Paul and Brooke minor injuries, including bruises and cuts. Several others are being airlifted for further medical treatment. She is now in a medically induced coma and is not yet aware her life will never be the same.

Authorities in the Bahamas are working to determine what caused the fire minutes into a day trip around the small islands near Great Exuma. Her lower legs had to be amputated and she suffered a spinal injury.

Image via Facebook.The mother of Chattanooga native Maleka Grimes Jackson describes her daughter as a "Gem" a "God Fearing Woman" following her death in a boat explosion in the Bahamas over the weekend.

Her husband was hospitalized "in bad shape". One person, Maleka Jackson, was killed and 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer lost both of her legs. There were 12 passengers on the boat, two of them were American.

The tour boat explosion is still under investigation, according to reports.

The U.S. Coast Guard transported four Americans by airplane to a St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital, according to a news release.



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