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Woman dies after fire on casino boat off Florida's coast

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 15 2018 10:21 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A female passenger has died hours after a casino boat caught fire off Florida's Gulf Coast, forcing her and about 50 other passengers and crew to jump into the chilly waters to escape.


Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point spokesman Kurt Conover said Monday that the woman died late Sunday, shortly after she arrived at the hospital's emergency room at 10 p.m. He said she had apparently gone home after the fire but became ill.


Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll said the victim was 42. Her name has not been released and a cause of death has not been determined. Conover said eight other passengers were treated at the hospital and released.


Port Richey police said 15 people were injured in the fire. Officials originally said no injuries were life threatening.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse said investigators will determine the cause of the fire and examine the history of the boat and the company, Tropical Breeze Casino. The company said early Monday it might have a statement later in the day.


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