Woman Dies from Injuries After Fire Engulfs Casino Shuttle Boat

A female passenger on a casino shuttle boat that was consumed by a huge fire off Florida's Gulf Coast has died

On Sunday afternoon, a shuttle boat carrying people to the Tropical Breeze Casino Cruise caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing about 50 passengers and crew members to abandon ship for the cold, shallow waters. Fifty people, including the boat's crew, had jumped overboard after the fire. The boat's captain turned the vessel round as soon as the fire become evident - and this no doubt saved the lives of many passengers, ensuring the shore was within swimming distance and giving rescuers a chance to get to victims quickly.

Kevin Doll, a spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, said all 50 people were able to make it to shore, where they were treated by paramedics. Santangelo said he took about 30 of the passengers into his garage to warm up and recover. She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire. "The fire was moving fast".

The shuttle had embarked from Port Richey on an afternoon run to the Tropical Breeze, a casino boat anchored in the Gulf of Mexico outside the three-mile Florida state waters limit where gambling is legal.

"I think this is the last of our trips on the casino boat", Darrell said.

Residents ran out to assist the passengers, and so did nearby boaters, as the boat itself was completely consumed by flames.

"We were terrified for everyone on board because they were jumping out very slowly", Bakr Jandali said.




The 60-foot boat was headed to a Sun Cruz Casino boat, located three miles from the coast in worldwide waters for legal gambling.

Jandali told the newspaper that his family and neighbors rushed to bring towels and water to the evacuated passengers, at least one of whom collapsed and vomited upon reaching the shore.

By early Sunday evening, all passengers had been accounted for.

Authorities said the Coast Guard, sheriff's office, police and other agencies took part in rescue operations.

He also said that he then observed people walking about cold and wet and confused after they reached the shore.

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