1 passenger in critical condition after casino shuttle boat catches fire in Port Richey

1 passenger in critical condition after casino shuttle boat catches fire in Port Richey


GOOD EVENING EVERYONE I AM ROD CARTER. WE WILL BEGIN TONIGHT WITH BREAKING NEWS. A HUGE FIRE IMPORT RICHIE GOT IT A CASINO SHUTTLE BOARD — BOAT TODAY. THE SUN CRUISE CASINO CAUGHT FIRE LATE TODAY SENDING FLAMES AND PLUMES OF SMOKE TO THE AIRPORT PORT RICHIE POLICE DEPARTMENT AMONG THE OTHER AGENCIES THERE CAPTURED THESE AGENCIES AS THE FIRE FORCED 53 PEOPLE TO JUMP INTO THE GULF. HERE IS A ANOTHER BOATER ON THE WATER WHO SAW THIS UNFOLDING AS WELL. SHE RECORDED THIS VIDEO ON HER CELL PHONE AS THE FIRE BURNED OUT OF CONTROL. TONIGHT WE HAVE INFORMATION ON THE PEOPLE WHO SURVIVED THE FIERY SCENE.>IT IS A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION AT THIS HOUR. WE ARE LIVE AT DANA POINT HOSPITAL AT THIS HOUR. Reporter: AT LAST CHECK 15 PEOPLE WERE TRANSPORTED TO LOCAL HOSPITALS. NINE RIGHT HERE. OF THOSE NINE, ONE PERSON IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT. A VESSEL DISGUISED BY THE FLAMES. TORCHING EVERY INCH OF IT EXCEPT A FLAG AT THE BOWEL. I COULD SEE THE BLACK SMOKE. Reporter: IT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE HARBOUR POINTE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE BOAT SHUTTLING PASSENGERS FROM LAND TO THE TROPICAL BREEZE CASINO BOAT HAD ENGINE TROUBLE. THE CAPTAIN TRIED TO RETURN TO THE DOCK. HE NEVER MADE IT THAT FAR. HE NOTICED THE FIRE COMING FROM THE ENGINE ROOM. HE NEARLY RAN THE BOAT AGROUND TO THE SHORELINE. Reporter: 15 PEOPLE, PASSENGERS AND CREW MEMBERS, JUMPED OFF THE BOAT AND INTO THE WATER. THERE WERE PEOPLE OFF SHORE STRUGGLING TO GET INTO SHORE CRAWLING ON THEIR HANDS AND KNEES. Reporter: CHRISTINE HASHEM RAN TO THEM. I GRABBED AS MANY PEOPLE AS I COULD. THE PEOPLE WERE VERY COLD, WET, SCARED. IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO GET THEM ALL IN. WE MANAGED. Reporter: EVERYONE MADE IT TO SHORE AND INTO THE ARMS AND HOMES OF THESE PEOPLE. WE HAD A LOT OF HELP FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE NEIGHBORHOOD BROUGHT BLANKETS AND COFFEE” AND TOWELS AND ANYTHING THEY CAN FIND TO KEEP THE PEOPLE WARM. IT WAS A GROUP EFFORT. Reporter: AGAIN, 50 PEOPLE ON THE BOAT. ALL 50 PEOPLE MADE IT TO SHORE SAFELY. SOME ARE RECOVERING HERE TONIGHT. I SPOKE TO SOMEONE WHO WAS A PASSENGER ON THAT SHIP. HE TOLD ME THAT IN THOSE TERRIFYING MOMENTS, HE DID NOT MAKE IT — THINK YOU WOULD MAKE IT HOME TO HIS CHILDREN. HE GAVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE

6 thoughts on “1 passenger in critical condition after casino shuttle boat catches fire in Port Richey”

  1. It’s a tough choice, activate the CO2 system which would kill the engines but hopefully put out the fire, or use the engines to get closer to shore.

  2. casino on water huh??I'm not a charitable person but that seems like a lottttt of work for donation and also very convenient if you lose your life saving and does not want to found.

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