Casino boat Escapade aground, 118 passengers and crew evacuated, US
Casino boat Escapade with 96 passengers and 27 crew ran aground on July 16 in the vicinity of Calibogue Sound, South Carolina, on its maiden trip from Savannah. Later that day Coast Guard ferried 114 people from the ship to shore on boats, while two helicopters hoisted four people who were incapable of climbing down a rope ladder to board boats. No pollution or injuries have been reported. Boat is understood to be still aground, with several crew on board. On USCG photos grounded Escapade.