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8 people injured in Exuma boating accident

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Five males and three females were injured in Exuma on Saturday when a boat crashed into a reef in the area of Buck Cay.

The vessel was carrying 19 passengers and had three crew members when it hit a reef, injuring eight people. The boat was partially submerged in the water.

The passengers and crew were assisted to the mainland by other boaters.

All of the passengers are Bahamians, according to residents on the ground.

The eight injured passengers were taken to a clinic on the island for medical attention.

None of their injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

Police officers from the George Town Police Station were seen visiting the site of the boating accident and the clinic where the injured persons were taken.

An investigation has been launched into the incident, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Today’s accident dredged up memories of a deadly boat explosion in Exuma in 2018 that injured ten people and killed an American woman.

The explosion occurred shortly after 9 a.m. in waters off Barraterre.

The 40-foot chartered tour boat was carrying ten tourists and two Bahamians when an engine exploded, engulfing the vessel in flames.

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