A female passenger died hours after a casino shuttle boat caught fire off Florida’s Gulf which forced 50 passengers and crew members to jump into the chilly waters. Another 14 people were injured in the incident.
CNBC reports that the shuttle boat fire occurred around 4 pm Monday. Police say the woman who was died originally went home after the fire, but then went to the Regional medical Center Bayonet Point emergency room around 10 pm due to illness.
While her cause of death has not been determined, reports indicate that at least eight other passengers were treated at the hospital. Hypothermia was a concern for the passengers due to low water temperatures.
The fire is believed to have been caused by engine problems, and the boat was about 100 yards of sure when it was engulfed in flames. A resident of the nearby neighborhood welcomed about 30 passengers into his garage to warm up and recover.
The following information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division: