9 patients in emergency room, 1 in critical condition after casino shuttle boat catches fire


PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies are assisting Fire Rescue and the Coast Guard after a casino shuttle boat caught fire in the Port Richey canal on Sunday.

The captain of the shuttle noticed engine trouble. The captain saw flames from the engine room and turned the boat closer to shore so passengers could get to safety.

The casino shuttle caught on fire with 50 people on board. Everyone on board jumped off the boat and into the water.

All passengers and crew members have been accounted for.

Fifteen people were taken to a hospital as precaution.

Nine patients were taken to the emergency room at Bayonet Point.

One patient there is in critical condition.

Pasco sheriff’s office patrol, marine and air unit responded to assist, as well as FWC and the Coast Guard.

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