Woman Dead After Casino Boat Catches Fire Off Florida

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Sheriff Casino shuttle boat ablaze all 50 passengers safeMore

Witness Bakr Jandali, 19, told the Tampa Bay Times that he saw clouds of smoke rising from the boat and passengers jumping into the cold waters.

Doll said there were 50 people on board at the time of the fire. The identity of the woman and cause of death has yet been released.

Fifer said she did not know what went wrong with the 12-year-old vessel.

Officials said 14 people were injured.

The Island Lady regularly shuttled passengers to and from the Tropical Breeze Casino, an offshore casino boat in global waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Fifer told The Washington Post.

Some of the passengers swam toward shore and others were rescued by boats.

A casino boat with 50 people aboard caught fire Sunday off the coast of Port Richey, officials said.

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It was an ordeal passengers onboard are still trying to wrap their minds around.

The captain and crew are also known to have made it out safely.

Several passengers were treated on shore, WTSP reported.

"If we had any type of idea that there was a problem, we wouldnt have left the dock", she said.

Frigid air and cold water added panic to the rescue, but everyone was able to make it to shore. Many helped the first responders, like Officer Jason Zimmerman. "I brought twenty or thirty towels, big blankets, T-shirts, socks. and all of my neighbors came together bringing in coffee and cookies". She died roughly an hour later, a hospital spokesman told The Associated Press. Everyone else walked away bundled up with minor bumps and bruises. "You don't think about it, whatever it takes you just do it", he says.

"I think this is the last of our trips on the casino boat", Darrell said. A small boat took them to the burnt-out remains of the boat.

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