By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 6, 2018: A GoFundMe campaign for the family of the woman killed on June 30th in the Bahamas following a tour boat explosion has so far raised over $112,000 of its $125,000 goal.
The account was set up on July 3rd, 2018 by Carol Smith-Wooden to help the son and husband of Maleka Jackson, who lost her life in the Exuma boating accident.
Mrs. Jackson was celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary with husband, Tiran, who is badly burned and suffered an amputation and is recovering in a hospital in South Florida. The money raised is set to cover medical and travel expenses as the recovery ahead will include multiple surgeries and physical therapy.
Part of the money raised will also go to helping Jackson’s son, Cameron, who will be a 7th grade student at Mill Creek Middle this fall and is currently with family in Tennessee.
A vigil in her community of was reportedly held on Tuesday, July 2nd.
The GoFundMe to help the family come as the Bahamas government ordered tours by Four C’s Adventures, the boat operator in the accident, to cease operations.
Bahamas media reports quoted the islands’ Transport and Local Government Minister, Frankie Campbell, as saying the company received the order on Sunday evening from Acting Controller of the Port Department in conjunction with the Exuma Port Authority Board.
The company is owned by Clayton Patterson Smith
The vessel which was home-built and had two Yamaha engines, had just left Smith Creek, Stuart Manor last Saturday, June 30th when the accident occurred. The half-day tour was to cover three cays, culminating in a visit to Big Major Cay, home of the famous swimming pigs.