One American tourist was killed in the explosion, while two others are said to be in critical condition at a Bahamian hospital.
Family friends are now trying to raise money to help the girl, Stefanie Schaffer and her mother, Stacey Shaffer who was also injured.
At around 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, 10 Americans and two Bahamians were on the 40-foot chartered tour boat when its engine exploded near Barraterre island in the Exuma Cays. The others were taken to a hospital in Nassau in the Bahamas.More news: Maryland shooting: Suspect barricaded doors and hunted victims
In his Facebook post, he said she also suffered two broken arms, a fractured spine, broken wrist as well as injuries to her liver and spleen. He said both of his sisters, Stefanie and Brooke, were on the boat with their mother and stepfather Stacey and Paul Bender. The cause of the blast remains under investigation. Police have not identified the person who died.
Stefanie's family members spoke to reporters, saying they were heartbroken by the tragedy, and can't imagine how the girl will feel when she wakes up to realize her legs are gone.
"We used plywood and some 2-by-6s basically as gurneys to get the passengers to shore", Inman said.
The U.S. Coast Guard, responding to a message for help, air lifted four passengers to a Florida hospital, according to the Bahamas Press. Castleton University posted to Facebook that it was "shocked and saddened to hear that Stephanie Schaffer and her family were involved in such a traffic accident".