Numerous people jumped over 10 feet into cold water when their shuttle boat caught fire, on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. It was carrying them off the Florida Gulf Coast to a casino. All 50 passengers made it to safety.
The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. ET. The shuttle boat was en-route to the Tropical Breeze Casino Cruise, according to the assistant chief executive of the casino.
One of the passengers later died after going to the emergency room at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The 42-year-old woman had gone home after the fire, but she got sick later that day. The passengers name has yet to be released. Cause of death is still undetermined.
Eight passengers were treated at the emergency room for chest pain and smoke inhalation and have been released. Fifteen other passengers were treated at local hospitals for minor injuries smoke inhalation.
The capitan saw the engine smoking and turned around. Afterward, he had complications with the engines. He had reported prior concerns. There are no suspicions of foul play.
Written by Jeanette Smith
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