Update: Casino Boat with 123 People Aboard Stuck on Rocks

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Update: Associated Press
July 16, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Authorities say they've tried several times to tow a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast, but the attempts failed when the tow lines broke.

Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen says crews now plan to put passengers onto Coast Guard boats that can hold about eight people, then transfer them to a larger vessel.

The Escapade casino boat ran aground on rocks off Tybee Island, near Savannah and south of Hilton Head, South Carolina, overnight and remained stranded Wednesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard says no injuries are reported among the 96 passengers and 27 crew members.

Jorgensen says the initial report from the Escape's crew was about a malfunction of the chart plotter, part of the navigation system.

Florida-based Tradewinds Casino Cruise operates the Escapade and didn't immediately respond to phone messages.


Update: Associated Press
July 16, 2014

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials say a casino boat with 123 people aboard is stuck on rocks off the coast of Georgia.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto says 96 passengers and 27 crew members are aboard the 174-foot-long vessel The Escapade.

Soto tells The Associated Press that no injuries or medical issues have been reported, and the vessel was "stable" as of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Soto says the boat is about 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, a popular beach destination near Savannah.

Soto says the Coast Guard received reports that the vessel had run aground around midnight Tuesday. He says he's not certain of the details of plans to remove the passengers but that Coast Guard crews are awaiting high tide, expected early Wednesday afternoon.


News Release: Associated Press
July 16, 2014

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials say a casino boat with 123 people aboard is stuck on rocks off the coast of Tybee Island, near Savannah.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto says 96 passengers and 27 crew members are aboard the 174-foot-long vessel The Escapade.

Soto tells The Associated Press that no injuries or medical issues have been reported.

Soto says the Coast Guard's Tybee Island station received reports that the vessel had run aground around midnight Tuesday off the coast of the popular beach destination. He says he's not certain of the details of plans to remove the passengers but that Coast Guard crews are awaiting high tide, which is expected early Wednesday afternoon.

It wasn't known exactly how far off the coast the boat was.


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