February 18, 2018

Shuttle boat erupts in flames

16 January 2018, 01:14 | Rex Hubbard

Hide Caption Show Caption Burning Sun Cruz Casino shuttle via New Port Richey Police

Burning Sun Cruz Casino shuttle via New Port Richey Police

The casino shuttle boat, owned by Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz, burnt to the hull. The shuttle hadn't gone far, and the boat got close enough to the shore to make escape manageable, he said. He says he quickly turned the vessel around and grounded it close to the shore.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 42-year-old woman that may be related to Sunday's casino boat fire.

A boat shuttling some 50 passengers to a casino ship caught fire north of Tampa, Florida, on Sunday. - A casino cruise went up in flames Sunday evening in Southwest Florida, authorities said.

"We are just deeply saddened by the loss of that passenger and about any pain or trouble that has been caused to our passengers relating to this incident", she said. "The fire was moving fast".

"The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine".

Dramatic video posted to social media shows some passengers plunging into the cold water as flames consumed the vessel. "It was a hard jump".

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According to Port Richey Police Chief Gerard DeCanio, the boat experienced engine problems after leaving the dock at Port Richey, a suburban community about 35 miles northwest of Tampa.

The 50 passengers swam to shore or were pulled from the water by rescuers.

Mcaffee's husband Darrell said that will be the last time they press their luck for a while. "I brought twenty or thirty towels, big blankets, T-shirts, socks. and all of my neighbors came together bringing in coffee and cookies".

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

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office originally identified the boat as the SunCruz casino shuttle, which was its former name, Fifer said.

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