'Horrifying': Florida casino boat bursts into flames

'Horrifying': Florida casino boat bursts into flames

'Horrifying': Florida casino boat bursts into flames

"There were a lot of "thank yous" and appreciation that a lot of people came together" to help them, said Santangelo, who also owns the Rock Solid Stone Centers landscape supply company in Florida.

Authorities said Monday morning that a female passenger died late Sunday. She had apparently gone home after the fire but fell ill. Deputies did not release any other information about her cause of death.

Officials originally had said no injuries were life threatening. It had been inspected by the Coast Guard, she said.

When the fire broke out and the boat was abandoned, news reports say as many as 40 people entered the water immediately. There, passengers can play games such as black jack, which is illegal at non-Indian casinos in Florida, and roulette, which is illegal statewide.

"The captain of the boat said there was an issue with the engine".

There was mass panic as researchers rushed to save the passengers after the boat caught fire on Sunday in a waterway off the west coast of Florida.

Fire officials and witnesses say people leaped into chilly waters and reached shore in Port Richey in the greater Tampa Bay area after the fire Sunday afternoon.

"The boat went from smoke to full flames very quickly as seen from the video". A multiagency rescue operation was conducted as the boat burned just offshore.

"We were terrified for everyone on board because they were jumping out very slowly", Bakr Jandali said.

"They actually walked to the shore", he said. Culbreath was able to take some photos, but said he didn't know the well-being of the other passengers. He anxious some might suffer from hypothermia. They said the shuttle vessel was headed out to the casino ship at the time.

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