Published: Tue, January 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

One dead after Florida casino shuttle fire

One dead after Florida casino shuttle fire

Port Richey Police Chief Gerard DeCanio said that the ire spread Sunday afternoon when it was making its way to one of its systematic traveling to a casino ship when the crew pronounced to turn around.

The Coast Guard has not said where the fire began or why but it quickly burned out of control, forcing everyone aboard to jump ship into shallow water.

Fox 13 News has a crew heading to the scene and will continue to update this story.

The fire department said that because the water wasn't deep, rescue workers were able to get to the victims much quicker. But as the boat turned around, the flames rose and starting lapping up the boat and the people started jumping in the facile water.

Horrified witnesses on shore in nearby homes watched as passengers jumped off the boat. There were multiple people in the water. At least 15 people were injured, according to local officials.

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Hashim, 50, entered the water to help the struggling passengers — some of whom appeared to have medical problems, she said. "I brought them socks and more towels". "Whatever I had to do to keep them warm", he says.

The casino is anchored about three miles off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

The shuttle ferries passengers to and from the actual Tropical Breeze casino boat, which is anchored in the Gulf of Mexico three miles off the coast in global waters, officials said.

NTSB investigators also concluded that back in 2004 the Express Shuttle II crew failed to activate a Carbon dioxide fire suppression system, and couldn't use fire pumps because the engine had already failed.

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