Casino Boat Shuttle in Port Richey, FL Catches Fire, 1 Passenger Dead, Many Injured

Multiple news outlets have reported a fire that broke out on a casino boat shuttle off the coast of Port Richey, Florida. A large engine fire engulfed the vessel causing all passengers and crew members too jump overboard into chilly water to escape the fire.

According to in Port Richey:

A woman who was on a casino shuttle boat that caught fire in Pasco County on Sunday has died from her injuries, officials say.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point spokesman Kurt Conover said Monday that the woman died late Sunday, shortly after she arrived at the hospital’s emergency room at 10 p.m. He said she had apparently gone home after the fire but became ill.

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The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard. The vessel was shuttling passengers to the Tropical Breeze Casino Cruise which operates off the coast of Florida. The boat was heading toward the casino and away from shore when the accident occurred.

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