PADET D7 Jacksonville Public Affairs
July 16, 2014
Contact: Petty Officer 1st Class Luke Clayton
Office: (305) 318-1864
Casino vessel grounded on rocks, Coast Guard responding
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a grounded casino boat in the vicinity of Calibogue Sound, South Carolina, Wednesday.
No pollution or injuries have been reported.
The Escapade, a 174-foot vessel, was carrying 96 passengers and 27 crewmembers when it grounded on a rocky bottom.
Coast Guardsmen from Station Tybee Island are on scene aboard a 25-foot response boat monitoring the situation. A tow company has been called in to assist with the salavage of the vessel and the removal of passengers.
The contracted crews are planning to use high tide to assist with passenger transfer efforts. High tide is scheduled for midday Wednesday.
For more information contact the Coast Guard Seventh District Public Affairs Detachment Jacksonville at 305-318-1864 or 904-564-7500, ext. 7747.
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