Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission also responded to the scene, along with Port Richey police and the Marine and Air Unit.
Law enforcement says a cause of death has not been determined.
"They didn't have much time to decide whether or not to jump", said Bakr Jandali, 19, who was with his family at home nearby when they heard the commotion. "We are continuing our investigation of the boat fire", he said.
"If we didn't show up at the time we did, there were going to be serious consequences", Zimmerman said. He said she had arrived less than an hour earlier after becoming ill.
Her husband, Darrell Mcaffee, added: "I think this is the last of our trips on the casino boat".
The crew swung the boat around and head back to shore.
The captain drove the boat and got it as close to land as possible so that the passengers on board could jump and swim to shore. But as the boat turned around, the flames rose and starting lapping up the boat and the people started jumping in the facile water.
About 15 people were taken to local hospitals after complaining of chest pain and smoke inhalation.
Coast guardsmen inspected the boat on Monday morning. Behind them, the boat was destroyed by the fire. They boarded the charred vessel and took photographs.
A representative for the casino declined Fox News' request for a comment.
Another Tropical Breeze vessel caught fire in 2004. Authorities say all accounted for.
Jandali said his entire neighborhood jumped into action to help the passengers, including a neighbor who offered his garage as shelter for the passengers.
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