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Bahamas Tour Boat Explosion: Dead Woman Finally Identified

Bahamas Boat Explosion Tennessee Mom Dead
Source: GoFundMe

Jul. 3 2018, Published 3:09 p.m. ET

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The woman who died in the Bahamas tour boat explosion has been identified. As has learned, Tennessee mom Maleka Jackson was celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary with husband Tiran Jackson when the boat they were on suddenly burst into flames.

Tiran suffered serious burns from the fire and had to endure an amputation, but is in stable condition. He will undergo "multiple surgeries and physical therapy," according to the family.

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The couple had left behind their 12-year-old son, before embarking on their trip.

The incident—which occurred around 9:00a.m. this Saturday—wounded four other passengers, and sent two family members to the hospital with serious injuries. One young girl from Vermont lost both of her legs, and broke both her arms and spine, while her mother suffered internal fractures.

According to various reports, passengers were seen carrying Maleka to shore after the explosion. She was pronounced dead minutes later.


The now-deceased woman's father, Malvin Grimes, told CBS: "Maleka would be I guess what I call a shooting star."

"She had a life that kind of stayed straight on the course and it was a life that brought a lot of joy and a lot of support and love into the lives of others," he added.

The family's set up a GoFundMe page following Maleka's death.

The Bahamas tour boat company is currently under investigation.

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