Autopsy: Smoke from Pasco casino boat fire caused mother’s death

Autopsy: Smoke from Pasco casino boat fire caused mother’s death


LOOKS LIKE TOO, COMING UP. YOU CAN TRACK THE RAIN, USES OUR NEW MAX DEFENDER 8 WEATHER APP. BREAKING NEWS, WE NOW KNOW ONE OF THE PASSENGERS DIED AFTER JUMPING FROM A BURNING CASINO BOAT FIRE. THAT WAS FRIGHTENING AND TRAGIC. CARRIE DEMPSEY’S DEATH WAS UNEXPLAINED UNTIL NOW. MARK DOUGLAS FILLS US IN. KEITH AND JEN, CARRIE DEMPSEY’S DEATH HAS BEEN A REAL PUZZLE. THE ONE THING THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN CLEAR IS THE TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE FOR HER FAMILY. CARRIE DEMPSEY WAS AMONG THE 50 PASSENGERS AND CREW WHO JUMPED FOR THEIR LIVES. DEMPSEY DIED IN THE HOSPITAL SEVERAL HOURS LATER. I COULD SEE PANIC IN HER EYES. I COULD DEFINITELY SEE PANIC IN HER EYES. BUT THEN THEY TOOK HER AWAY, AND THAT WAS IT. WHICH WE WERE NOT EXPECTING. Reporter: AFTER MONTHS OF SPECULATION, AN AUTOPSY NOW REVEALS DEMPSEY’S DEATH WAS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE BOAT FIRE. IT CONCLUDES SHE DIED FROM SWELLING OF HER SOFT TISSUE, DUE TO SMOKE INHALATION. SHE COULDN’T BREATHE. THE AUTOPSY SAYS DEMPSEY’S OBESITY, SHE WAYED 357 POUNDS, AND HEART PROBLEMS, ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO HER DEATH. SHE WAS A SINGLE MOM WITH 12- YEAR-OLD TWINS, AND PARENTS WHO WERE DEVASTATED TO LOSE HER. WE KNOW QUITE A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST CHILDREN, AND IT’S NOT A GOOD CLUB TO BELONG TO. Reporter: THEY HIRED POWERHOUSE ATTORNEY STEVE YARID. HE PLANS TO SUE TROPICAL CASINOS. THE CASINO COMPANY EXPERIENCED A PREVIOUS BOAT FIRE YEARS AGO. OUR INVESTIGATION REVEALED THE CAPTAIN CREDITED WITH SAVING 50 PASSENGERS AND CREW IN JANUARY ALSO HAD A HISTORY OF DRUG CONVICTIONS, AND DRUNK DRIVING. THE CAPPED HAD A VALID COAST GUARD LICENSE, BUT HE WENT WITHOUT A FLORIDA DRIVER’S LICENSE FOR A DECADE UNTIL 2014. TROPICAL BREEZE CASINO CRUISES DID NOT RETURN OUR QUESTIONS FOR COMMENT TODAY, AND STEVE YARID, WE’RE STILL WAITING TO HEAR ABOUT HIS MOVE. LAST FEBRUARY, HE SAID HE PLANNED TO FILE SUIT AGAINST TROPICAL BREEZE ON BEHALF OF DEMPSEY’S TWIN CHILDREN. HE’S A BIG TIME LAWYER. HE’S KNOWN FOR WINNING MASSIVE JURY AWARDS FOR HIS CLIENTS. WHAT’S HE REALLY GOING FOR HERE? HE SAID HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THESE KIDS ARE TAKEN CARE OF. THEY’RE PARENTLESS. THEY’RE MOTHERLESS, THEY DON’T HAVE A FOR.

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