Fire Breaks Out on Large Casino Boat off Florida (PHOTO, VIDEO)

16 January, 2018, 01:16 | Author: Keith Rowe
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Tropical Breeze Casino spokeswoman Beth Fifer tells the AP that the company had never experienced a problem with the boat and does not know why the fire broke out.

For Darrell and Shelia, they're going to take a break from the games after gambling with their lives, they say. "The whole neighborhood [was] communicating and going back to our houses to get whatever they need like water or clothes like socks". Fire department officials said the fire likely started in the engine room and spread quickly.

The woman's cause of death or information about her injuries weren't immediately known. As the boat turned back to the dock, scores of passengers jumped into the water to escape.

Sheila McAffee told WTSP 10 News that she and other passengers jumped about eight to 10 feet into the water and that, once they reached shore, nearby residents rushed to help them.

She died at the hospital.

This US Coast Guard video shows the fire from overhead.


CNN reported that at least 15 people were injured then reduced that number to 12. They determined deckhands had no emergency training and a fire detection system was also not working. "I think that's down where we used to go, ' because I only live down the street about five miles".

NBC affiliate WFLA reported early Monday that one person later died.

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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.

The casino will be responsible for removing the boat from the water.

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