Cruise boat shuttle catches fire, 50 rescued from Gulf of Mexico waters

Cruise boat shuttle catches fire, 50 rescued from Gulf of Mexico waters

Cruise boat shuttle catches fire, 50 rescued from Gulf of Mexico waters

Florida authorities say the casino venture’s shuttle boat caught fire on Sunday and dozens of passengers safely made it to shore in Port Richie after a rescue operation.

He also said that he then observed people walking about cold and wet and confused after they reached the shore. He anxious that some might suffer from hypothermia.

He was also anxious the wet people might suffer hypothermia, so Santangelo invited about 30 passengers into his garage.

"If they were out any further this could have been a tragedy, certainly a different ending than this", Chief Jerry DeCanio said. It wasn't clear what started the fire.

After he saw the smoke, the captain told passengers to abandon ship. But he knew something was wrong when smoke cut across the sunny Florida skies and he heard shouts and screams.

"They didnt have much time to decide whether or not to jump", Jandali said. "It was a hard jump". I brought them socks and more towels'. "They were so cold".

All passengers and crew members have been accounted for. A Coast Guard inspection two weeks before that 2004 fire failed to detect loose or missing clamps on the boat's diesel fuel lines, a problem later blamed as a precursor to the fire. One person is still unaccounted for, according to authorities.

News footage at the site showed survivors cloaked in blankets trying to warm themselves after getting to shore.

Pasco deputies were assisted by firefighters, Coast Guard personnel and FWC officers in the rescue in the Port Richey canal of the passengers aboard the shuttle that serves Port Richey-based SunCruz Ltd.

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