Sunday, July 1, 2018

1 dead, 9 injured after boat explodes in the Bahamas


An Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane medevacs four American citizens from Exuma, Bahamas, to Clearwater, Florida on June 30, 2018.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson / U.S. Coast Guard


One person is dead and nine others were airlifted to hospitals in Florida and the Bahamas after a boat exploded on Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Shanta Knowles, superintendent of police for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, confirmed to NBC News that an American woman died in the explosion, but said her identity would not be released until her family had been notified.

Ten Americans and two Bahamians were aboard the boat when it exploded, according to officials.


An Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane medevacs four American citizens from Exuma, Bahamas, to Clearwater, Florida on June 30, 2018.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson / U.S. Coast Guard



Four people were airlifted to a Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida, and five others were taken to a hospital Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas. Two others who were aboard the boat were not injured, Knowles said.

"Investigators are still trying to determine what went wrong," Knowles said of the explosion.

The U.S. Coast Guard's seventh district, which encompasses Florida and is headquartered in Miami, received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force at approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday asking for assistance with those injured in the explosion, according to a press release.

A HC-130 Hercules airplane crew with two medical personnel from Air Station Clearwater deployed and transported the boaters to the air station where emergency medical services awaited.

Names and conditions of the other passengers have not been released. An investigation into what caused the explosion is ongoing.



Credits: NBC News



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