Fire burns Sun Cruz Casino shuttle with 50 people aboard

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Fire burns Sun Cruz Casino shuttle with 50 people aboard

Dozens of people riding on a casino shuttle boat were forced to jump off board and swim to shore after the watercraft caught on fire off the Florida coast, according to various news reports.

Photos from the sheriff's office and Port Richey Police show the shuttle fully engulfed in flames.

Authorities responded to the scene after getting the call around 4:17 p.m.

One person is reported missing. All passengers made it to shore and some it seems were pulled out of the Gulf, deputies said. They said the boat was going to a casino in global waters.

Casino boat catches fire in Port Richey
Casino boat catches fire in Port Richey

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says all of the passengers were able to make it back to shore where EMS crews treated them.

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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