Coast Guard Evacs 118 From Stranded Casino Ship – PHOTOS

Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino boat

On Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard was forced to rescue a total of 118 people from a grounded casino boat near Tybee Island, Georgia.

Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino boat

Coast Guard members aboard three 25-foot response boats and one 45-foot response boat from Station Tybee Island worked together to ferry 114 people from the grounded casino boat to the Coast Guard Cutters Maria Bray and Tarpon, which are larger vessels capable of carrying more people than the smaller response boats, and two Coast Guard helicopters hoisted four additional people off the casino ship.

Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino boat

 

The 200 foot-long casino boat Escapade ran aground Tuesday night on a sand bar off Tybee Island near the port of Savannah, Georgia, reportedly on its maiden voyage.

Coast Guard safely transfers 118 people off grounded casino boat

Apparently the house doesn’t always win.

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Casino boat Escapade aground on Wednesday morning. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

 

U.S. Coast Guard Photos