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Casino boat catches fire off Florida with 50 passengers aboard

16 January 2018, 01:05 | Lowell Little

A casino shuttle boat caught fire on Sunday in a waterway off the west coast of Florida leaving one person reportedly missing

A casino shuttle boat caught fire on Sunday in a waterway off the west coast of Florida leaving one person reportedly missing

A casino boat traveling in the Port Richey canal caught fire Sunday, with dozens of people on board, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

"What he did was he brought (the shuttle) closer to shore, actually nearly beaching the boat", DeCanio said of the captain's immediate actions, according to Tampa station WTSP.

"I have to praise the boat captain, for getting the boat in so close that when they got in the water they had a very short distance to walk", Andy Fossa, with Pasco County Fire Rescue, said.

Passengers evacuated to hospital were experiencing smoke inhalation and chest tightening, according to ABC News. The identity of the woman and cause of death has yet been released.

A casino ship went up in flames Sunday, sending passengers to jump overboard onto the coast of Florida, authorities said.

"All of us, my family and the neighbors, brought them towels and water", Jandali said.




The Coast Guard spokesman would not say when the vessel was last inspected and told us it would be inappropriate to share the results of that inspection while the fire investigation is underway.

The boat was carrying passengers to the Sun Cruz Casino boat, which was anchored in nearby worldwide waters, authorities said.

The fire department said that because the water wasn't deep, rescue workers were able to get to the victims much quicker.

Photos from the sheriff's office and Port Richey Police show the shuttle fully engulfed in flames.

Local resident Larry Santangelo, 57, told the Tampa Bay Times: 'It was so windy and they were soaking wet.

"If they were out any further this could have been a tragedy, certainly a different ending than this", Chief Jerry DeCanio said.



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