Cruise Ship Sinking: Update – # cruise ship captain suspended after ill-fated Escapade cruise ship grounded off Georgia coast on her maiden voyage.
Maiden Voyage of Trade Winds Casino Cruise Ship Escapade Grounded on Sand Bar, 96 Passengers, 27 Crew two miles from Tybee Island, Georgia.
On Wednesday July 16, 2014 around 0:00 hours, the Trade Winds Casino cruise ship named Escapade was sailing on her maiden voyage when the cruise ship grounded on a sand bar about two miles from Tybee Island in Georgia with approximately 96 passengers and 27 crew members aboard.
The cruise ship embarked from Savannah, Georgia around 1900 hours and was to return just after midnight. Since the casino cruise ship was grounded less than two miles from shore, the passengers were not permitted to gamble, due to federal regulations requiring gambling beyond the three mile limit from shore. Passengers spent 16 hours aboard the hot, muggy cruise ship before being evacuated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Four passengers who were unable to make their way onto the rescue boat had be evacuated by helicopter.
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