A Tennessee woman who died tragically during a boat explosion in the Bahamas was celebrating her 15th wedding anniversary with her husband.
Maleka Jackson, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was enjoying a romantic vacation with her husband, Tiran Jackson, when a boat they were riding in suddenly exploded around 9 p.m. off the coast of Barraterre Island, CBS News reports.
The couple left their 12-year-old son with a relative before they traveled to the Bahamas to celebrate their decade and a half marriage.
“Maleka would be I guess what I call a shooting star,” said her father, Melvin Grimes, in an interview with CBS News. “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.”
via PEOPLE -- According to CNN, 10 American tourists and two Bahamians were on board the 40-foot chartered boat when the engine exploded.Video footage obtained by WFFF showed people jumping from a nearby boat and swimming to the burning vessel. Four Americans were airlifted to a Florida hospital, according to CNN.
Grimes told CBS that Tiran suffered burns and was taken to a Florida hospital.
A GoFundMe page has been created to raise donations for Jackson's funeral expenses.