Escapade, a 174-foot casino boat, has run aground off Tybee Island. The incident happened yesterday. The vessel was on its maiden voyage from Savannah (Georgia) when it ran aground on rocks.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) there were 96 passengers and 27 crew members on board the boat. A spokesperson confirmed that safety units were dispatched to the grounding site and 114 people were transported by boats to shore. Another four were airlifted by two helicopters because they were unable to climb down to the rescue boats.
Neither injuries nor pollution have been reported. Seven crew members are still on board the grounded vessel. USCG hope to refloat the vessel with the arrival of high tide.
Video of the evacuation by USCG:
Petty Officer First Class Lauren Jorgensen, USCG, said:
"My understanding is the ship has generators to provide power. The area is too shallow for our boats to come alongside so we do not actually have personnel on board. They can see the vessel, they just can't get on scene."
The casino boat Escapade is operated by Tradewinds Casino Cruise (based in Florida). The 3-story vessel has a capacity of 500 passengers. It offers slot machines, a roulette wheel, blackjack and poker tables.