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50 people forced to jump ship after casino shuttle boat catches fire

50 people jump off Florida casino shuttle boat after fire

About 50 passengers on board the SunCruz Port Richey Casino shuttle boat had to jump overboard after the watercraft caught on fire off the Florida coast.
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About 50 passengers on board the SunCruz Port Richey Casino shuttle boat had to jump overboard after the watercraft caught on fire off the Florida coast.

Dozens of people on a casino shuttle boat were forced to jump overboard and swim to shore after the watercraft caught on fire off the Florida coast, according to various news reports.

About 50 passengers on board the SunCruz Port Richey Casino shuttle boat were in the Port Richey canal — about 26 miles northwest of Tampa’s bay — when a fire broke out at around 4:17 p.m., reported Fox13.

All passengers made it to shore where emergency officials treated them, Port Richey Chief of Police Gerard DeCanio told the Associated Press.

Details about possible injuries were not immediately released.

It’s still unclear what started the fire, which obliterated most of the shuttle boat. The boat is used to take passengers to and from the SunCruz Port Richey Casino boat.

Pasco Sheriff’s Office patrol, marine and air units responded to the scene in addition to New Port Richey police, Port Richey police, Florida wildlife officers and the Coast Guard, according to Patch.

Monique O. Madan: 305-376-2108, @MoniqueOMadan

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