One American tourist was killed in the explosion, while two others are said to be in critical condition at a Bahamian hospital.
There were 10 Americans and two Bahamians on the boat, and two people were unharmed, the Royal Bahamas Police Force told ABC News. Three people on the neighboring boat jumped into the shallow waters and helped to pull at least one injured person off the disabled boat. Officials have not yet released the identities of the victims.
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The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force "requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries", around 11 a.m. ET Saturday morning. The others victims were being treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.
The Coast Guard said it sent an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew with two medical personnel to transport the boaters to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Fla. An investigation into what caused the explosion is ongoing.