Port Richey casino boat fire: What happened before the order to jump

Port Richey casino boat fire: What happened before the order to jump


GOOD EVENING, I’M KEITH CATE. I’M JENNIFER LEE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TONIGHT. WE ARE LEARNING MUCH MORE ABOUT THE CHAOS ONBOARD THE DOOMED TROPICAL BREEZE CASINO SHUTTLE BOAT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE’RE HEARING FROM THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE AND FROM THE RELATIVE OF A CREW MEMBER WHO DESCRIBES A PANICKED RETREAT FROM EXPLODING FUEL. NEWSCHANNEL 8’S PETER BERNARD IS LIVE. Reporter: THE TROPICAL BREEZE IS TIED UP RIGHT NOW, NOT WELCOMING GAMBLERS TO ITS SLOTS AND TABLES. TONIGHT, MANY ARE CALLING THE CAPTAIN OF THE BOAT’S SHUTTLE A HERO. THE CAPTAIN RAN IT AGROUND SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE DRAMATIC SCENE CAUGHT ON SEVERAL CAMERAS SHOWS THE 50 PASSENGERS AND CREW SCRAMBLING TO SAFETY IN THE SHALLOW WATER. WE VISITED THE HOME OF CAPTAIN MIKE BATTEN. HE LIVES 12 MINUTES FROM THE DOCK. HE’S BEING HAILED A HERO BY A LOT OF PEOPLE. I KNOW, AND HE’S NOT READY TO TALK RIGHT NOW. Reporter: HIS WIFE CLAIMS THE INCIDENT THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF CARRIE IS HARD ON HIM. HE DOESN’T FEEL LIKE THAT RIGHT NOW. SHE RAN DOWN TO GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, BUT THE FLAMES WERE TOO MUCH FOR HER. Reporter: SHE WAS ON THE ISLAND LADY TO REPORT FOR DUTY. HE TELLS ME CAPTAIN MIKE TOLD HER TO TRY TO PUT OUT THE FIRE. HER THOUGHT WAS THE HECK WITH THIS, AND JUMPED OVERBOARD. Reporter: MOORE SAYS THE FIRE SINGED HER SKIN AND CLOTHES. HE QUESTIONS THE CAPTAIN’S DECISION. HE DOESN’T SEND A CREW MEMBER TO GET A FIRE EXTINGUISHED TO ME. Reporter: A FAMILY MEMBER WHO RUNS THIS CASINO OPERATION TELLS US CAPTAIN MIKE SAVED LIVES. HE DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY MADE IT OFF THE VESSEL SAFELY. Reporter: A TROPICAL BREEZE CASINO SPOKESPERSON TELLS ME CAPTAIN MIKE BATTEN CLIMBED INTO THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, DIDN’T SEE ANY FIRE AT FIRST, BUT HE SENSED TROUBLE. SHE SAYS HE TURNED THE SHIP AROUND, ORDERED EVERYONE TO THE TOP DECK AND THEN RAN THE SHIP TO THE GROUND. TONIGHT MORE SURVIVERS ARE COMING FORWARD, SHARING DRAMATIC STORIES OF ESCAPE. REBECCA CARGUILE AND HER FRIENDS WERE ONBOARD. THEY SAW THE SMOKE AND WERE FORCED TO JUMP. SHE SAW ONE OF HER FRIENDS STRUGGLING SO SHE WENT BACK TO SAVE HIM. SURVIVERS DESCRIBED HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE MUD TO SHORE. I KNEW I HAD IT TO JUMP. I JUMPED IN THE WATER. I KNOW I LANDED ON MY BACK, MY HEAD, MY FEET TWISTED. AT LEAST ONE SURVIVER SAYS HE PLANS TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY. WE’LL HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE OF

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  1. Yeah, The Captains job is to delegate duties to crewmembers, they should have had a fire plan in place. If it started in the engine room, I wonder what happened to the fire suppression system??

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