Boat fire prompts rescue of 50 people in Florida

Glen Mclaughlin
January 16, 2018

Officials say that the Sun Cruz casino boat shuttle caught fire around 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Passengers jumped into the water to escape the fire, which spread quickly after breaking out about a half mile from shore. The 50 passengers made it to shore safely where medics treated them, the news station added. He said she had apparently gone home after the fire but became ill.

Port Richey Chief of Police Gerard DeCanio said that there were no life-threatening injuries, mostly reports of chest pain and smoke inhalation. Pasco Sheriff/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Video taken by local news stations and witnesses Saturday depicted a harrowing scene as flames and dark smoke billowed from the casino boat and frightened passengers leaped into the water.

Flames engulf a boat Sunday in the Tampa Bay area.

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Temperatures in the afternoon fell to as low as 43 degrees. She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire.

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

Darrell and his wife Shelia swam to shore, but Darrell didn't stop there. There were multiple people in the water. "They were so cold". "I just started putting them anywhere I could fit them - my garage, my fishing room".

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse said Monday that investigators will determine a cause for Sunday night's fire and will examine the history of the boat and the company, Tropical Breeze Casino. Fifty people, including the boat's crew, had jumped overboard after the fire.

The woman's cause of death or information about her injuries weren't immediately known.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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