On Sunday January 14, 2018 around 1600 hours, the Sun Cruz casino ship Tropical Breeze shuttle boat caught fire (see video below). One person, reportedly a 42-year-old woman is dead and 14 others injured after a fire engulfed the Tropical Breeze casino shuttle boat Island Lady near Port Richey, Florida.
Carrie Dempsey, 42 from Lutz, Florida who was originally from Cleveland, Ohio was the victim who died in the tragedy. Dempsey died late Sunday, January 14, 2018, shortly after she arrived at the hospital’s emergency room at 10 p.m.
She had apparently gone home after the fire but became ill later that night and went to the hospital
Dempsey was the widowed mother of twin girls.
A lawsuit was filed on January 19, 2018 by Holiday, Florida resident Deborah Jero, 65, alleges in the lawsuit that Tropical Breeze’s negligence resulted in her suffering “serious physical injuries from the forced jump from (the company’s) fire engulfed vessel” after she jumped 10 feet from the Island Lady deck into 3 feet of water. The suit said she also suffered “serious mental anguish and trauma.”
Port Richey is a city in Pasco County, Florida. It is a suburban city included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,671 at the 2010 census.
Tropical Breeze Casino is located at 7917 Bayview St, Port Richey, Florida.
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Video: Sun Cruz Casino Shuttle Boat Fire