Survivors Of Bahamas Boat Explosion Speak Out

July 03, 2018 - 1:17 pm

NEW YORK (1010WINS) -- Passengers who survived a boat explosion in the Bahamas on Saturday are speaking out about their experience for the first time.

Denise Smith tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that her niece Maleka Jackson was killed in the explosion, and she will now help care for Maleka's child.

"Maleka's first word would have been, 'take care of my son,' and that's what we'll do, as a village," she said.

Nine people were injured in the explosion. One woman, 22-year-old Stephanie Schaffer, had both her legs amputated and remains in a medically-induced coma in a Florida hospital. Her mother Stacy was also severely hurt.

John Inman, one of the survivors, told "GMA," "We were picking up speed, and enjoying the ride, it was a brisk ride, it was beautiful, and I would say about three minutes into the ride is when the right side of the boat exploded."

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.