WASHINGTON (Dec. 10, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to hold a public meeting Tuesday to determine the probable cause of a Jan. 14, 2018, fire aboard the small passenger vessel Island Lady, in the waters of the Pithlachascotee River near Port Richey, Florida.
Of the 53 people aboard the vessel, 15 were taken to area hospitals and one passenger died several hours after evacuating the vessel. The fire left the vessel so damaged it was declared a constructive total loss.
The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead investigative federal agency for the accident. Parties to the NTSB’s investigation include Tropical Breeze Casino Cruz, LLC, Ring Power Corporation (the propulsion engine manufacturer’s service representative) and the U.S. Coast Guard.
WHO: National Transportation Safety Board Members and NTSB investigative staff.
WHAT: National Transportation Safety Board meeting to determine probable cause of the Jan. 14, 2018, fire aboard the passenger vessel Island Lady.
WHERE: NTSB Boardroom and Conference Center, 420 10th St., SW, Washington.
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. (EST).
Media covering the meeting in person are asked to be in place not later than 9:15 a.m. on the day of the event. The public meeting will also be webcast. A link for the webcast will be available at http://ntsb.windrosemedia.com/ shortly before the start of the meeting. The archive of the webcast will post to windrosemedia.com within 24 hours of the completion of the meeting.