American Tourist Killed in Bahamas Boat Explosion Identified as Tennessee Woman

Maleka Grimes Jackson was identified as the American tourist who died after a boat exploded in the Bahamas on Saturday. (Facebook)

The American tourist who was killed in a boat explosion in the Bahamas on Saturday has been identified as a resident of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Maleka Grimes Jackson died when the boat burst into flames around 9 a.m., her father, Melvin Grimes, told Fox Chattanooga.

The boat, traveling off the island of Exuma, roughly 130 miles south of Nassau, was carrying 12 passengers — 10 Americans and two Bahamians — at the time of the explosion.

Several people were injured in the blast. One of the other American tourists, recent college graduate and dancer Stefanie Schaffer, had to have both of her legs amputated after she sustained “life threatening injuries,” her family wrote in a GoFundMe fundraiser.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Nicole Darrah