Cruise boat shuttle fire in Port Richey

From Pasco Sheriff                       WFTS Assignment Desk

From Pasco Sheriff WFTS Assignment Desk

A casino boat traveling in the Port Richey canal caught fire Sunday, with dozens of people on board, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The massive fire broke out on the coldest day of the year in Port Richey, which is near Tampa.

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PORT RICHEY — A casino boat with about 50 passengers caught fire close to Harbor Point near Bay Boulevard, deputies reported. They said the boat was going to a casino in global waters. One person is still unaccounted for, according to authorities. Everyone is accounted for, the sheriff's office said, but 15 passengers were taken to a local hospital.

Witnesses said passengers jumped for their lives into the chilly, 50-degree waters.

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Patrol and marine units responded to the incident as well as air units, fire and rescue crews and a Coast Guard response team.

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