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Casino Ship Runs Aground on Maiden Voyage


ABC News | ABC Sports News

By MarEx 2014-07-16 14:36:00

A casino ship carrying 123 people spent its maiden voyage stranded on rocks near the coast of Georgia.

The Escapade, with 96 passengers and 27 crewmembers, ran aground during low tide in South Carolina's Calibogue Sound.

Luckily, there have been no reports of injuries or pollution.

U.S. Coast Guard crewmembers say the vessel is stable off the South Carolina coast and nearly two miles from Tybee Island, Georgia. They attempted to move the ship roughly 12 hours later, once water levels reached high tide, but the towlines broke.

Passengers are now being ferried from the ship to smaller boats, and then taken to a Coast Guard Cutter. Once all passengers are aboard the cutter, they will be taken to the U.S. Coast Guard base on Tybee Island.

A full timeline is still unclear.

Tradewinds Casino Cruise of Florida operates the ship, which was taking its maiden voyage for its Savannah cruise service on Tuesday night.