Coast Guard responding to casino boat grounded on rocks

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Coast Guard is responding to 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.

Crewmen from Coast Guard 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.

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