Port Richey, Fla. (970 WFLA)- One of the 50 passengers who jumped off a burning boat to safety this past weekend died from her injuries. Carrie Dempsey of Lutz was pronounced dead Sunday night, but no details were provided. The 42-year-old was a widow and mother of twelve-year-old twins.
A Port Richey resident who saw Dempsey after she jumped off the burning casino shuttle boat is shocked to hear she died a short time later. Christine Hashim was one of several neighbors on Harborpointe Drive who helped about 50 passengers stay warm after they waded through chilly water to shore Sunday.
Hashim says she remembers Carrie Dempsey complained that her feet hurt, but there were no cuts visible. Dempsey went home but later felt sick and went to Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center, where she died about an hour later.
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