Tennessee woman killed in boat explosion in Bahamas


Four Americans are back in the United States after surviving a deadly tour boat explosion in the Bahamas.

The blast ripped through the boat carrying 10 sightseers Saturday shortly after it set off from the island of Exuma.

One American was killed.  ABC News reports Maleka Jackson, from the Chattanooga area, died in the explosion.

Her father, Malvin Grimes, told ABC Maleka was with her husband, Tyran Jackson, in the Bahams to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary.  Grimes told ABC Tyran Jackson sustained burns but is in good spirits and is being treated in Miami.

The Royal Bahamas Police are investigating what caused the explosion.

CBS news reports passengers from another tour boat jumped into action to help rescue survivors.

(CBS) – The blast sent a column of black smoke billowing into the blue Bahamian sky.  

Some on another tour boat begged their captain to pull away, but other passengers jumped into the water and swam toward the burning boat to help.

A local lawmaker told CBS News that 12 people were on board the boat Saturday morning – 10 passengers, all Americans, and 2 Bahamian crew members.

The U.S. Coast Guard flew four survivors to Florida.  Five others remain in the Bahamas.  They were transported more than 100 miles to a hospital in the capital of Nassau.  One passenger had her legs amputated, according to a relative.

The above information compiled from CBS News and ABC News reports.

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