Maleka Grimes-Jackson, 39, of Chattanooga, Tennessee was celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband, Tiran in the Bahamas. While the couple was vacationing, they decided to board a tour boat. As they were enjoying the tour, an explosion occurred and Maleka lost her life.
Tennessee Woman Killed In Weekend Boat Explosion In The Bahamas:
Maleka Grimes-Jackson was looking forward to celebrating her 15 year wedding anniversary with her husband, Tiran Jackson. The couple met in college at Tennessee State University and have a 12-year-old son together. Maleka and Tiran were a loving family who often spent time with one another as they were incredibly close. Days before traveling to the Bahamas, Tyran and Maleka dropped their 12-year-old son off with family in Nashville. The couple planned to travel to the Bahamas as they celebrated their love. When the arrived to the Bahamas, the couple scheduled a boat tour with the company, 4C’s Adventures. The boat tour promised to be a magical water tour that would allow tourists to see the beauty of the islands. However, an explosion occurred on the boat and chaos ensued.
Chaotic scene in the Bahamas after explosion on a tour boat results in the death of an American woman and leaves nine others injured. Authorities say the cause of the blast is under investigation. https://t.co/nofy2hHd3Q pic.twitter.com/hzDUHHcyms
— ABC News (@ABC) July 2, 2018
A passenger told “CBS This Morning” the group of 12, including two crew members, was just a few minutes into a half-day wildlife excursion ahead of the blast. He said there was no sign of trouble before the trip turned into a nightmare. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash. A video taken by a witness on a nearby boat has been shared as it showed thick black smoke billowing from the burning boat as people screamed. Two men were seen wading out to the boat as they were trying to help. Tragically, Maleka was killed in the fiery explosion and her husband has been severely injured. A relative of Maleka took to Facebook to ask for prayers as she shared her heartbreak over learning of Maleka’s passing.
Please keep our Entire Family in prayer due to the tragic Boat explosion in the Bahamas on Saturday morning, which took…
One Person Died In The Boat Explosion And Ten People Were Injured:
Relatives of Maleka Grimes-Jackson and her husband, Tiran, created a Go Fund Me account as Tiran was severely injured in the explosion. Tiran suffered burns and was transported to a Florida hospital. The Go Fund Me page stated that Tiran has a long recovery ahead of him and they are asking for donations to cover medical and travel expenses.
As Maleka & Tiran were celebrating their 15 year anniversary in the Bahamas, a tragic boating accident on June 30th claimed the life of Maleka and left Tiran in critical condition. Maleka is survived by her husband, Tiran and 12 year old son. With the support of the family, we are raising funds to cover medical and travel expenses as Tiran’s trauma has resulted in an amputation and other severe injuries. He has a long road ahead, which will include multiple surgeries and physical therapy. Funds will also be used to help with the care of their young son, who is currently in the care of out-of-state family members and upon recovery, a widowed husband. Maleka was a loving Mom, dedicated wife, grateful daughter and supportive friend. She will be greatly missed and her legacy will live on forever. Thank you in advance for your support of the Jackson family. ￼
The company that ran the trip, 4C’s Adventures has declined to comment on the explosion to media outlets because they are under investigation. The explosion also left 22-year-old Stefanie Schaffer of Rutland, Vermont in a medically-induced coma, after she lost both of her legs in the fiery blast. Relatives said Stefanie, a dancer and avid soccer player, was sitting at the back of the boat by the engine when the explosion occurred.
Our prayers go out to the families and friends effected by this tragedy.