1 Dead, 14 Injured in Casino Shuttle Boat Fire
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.
About the Florida Casino Boat Fire
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.
Boat Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Division:
- In 2015, the Coast Guard counted 4,158 accidents that involved 626 deaths and 2,613 injuries.
- In addition, $42 million dollars of damage was caused to property as a result of recreational boating accidents.
- Where cause of death was known, 76% of fatal boating accident victims drowned.
- Of those drowning victims with reported life jacket usage, 85% were not wearing a life jacket.
- Excessive speed was the second highest primary contributing factor to recreational boating injuries in 2015.