In a scene described as more Hollywood than reality, a casino ship filled with passengers ready for an evening of gambling turned into a nightmare when the ship ran aground. The Escapade, a ship owned by the Florida-based company Tradewinds Casino Cruise Firm, was making its maiden voyage off the state of Georgia with 96 passengers and 27 crew members aboard. The ship departed from the city of Savannah at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15 and was set to return at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A half hour from its expected arrival date, however, the ship ran aground.
Passengers aboard the stranded Escapade donned life jackets and were provided with food and water. The Coast Guard initially attempted to pull the Escapade free using tow lines and with the help of high tide at noon on Wednesday. These efforts failed when the tow lines broke. At that point, the decision was made to evacuate all passengers and crew members, who had been on the ship since 7 p.m. the night before.
Our Miami cruise ship accident lawyers found that although the accident had all the potential to lead to serious injuries, thankfully none have been reported thus far. Nonetheless, passengers undoubtedly had a frightening and frustrating experience being trapped on the stranded Escapade.
The Coast Guard has opened a full investigation into the cause of the accident. The area surrounding the wreck is known to be a portion of the Atlantic containing extensive sandbars. It is possible the captain ran aground after failing to avoid the shallow areas. Another posed reason for the accident is mechanical failure of the ship’s navigation. In addition to investigating the cause of the accident, the Coast Guard must also determine how to dislodge the large casino ship from the sandbar.
Cruise and casino ship captains have a tremendous responsibility to keep their vessel safely sailing in order to ensure the safety of passengers, crew members, and cargo. Even a minor mistake can cause serious accidents when operating a large passenger ship. Accordingly, ship captains and crew members must take great care to ensure errors do not occur and all measures are taken to safeguard against potential dangers.
When mistakes aboard a large ship like the Escapade lead to accidents, the investigation that follows is of critical importance. The investigation will uncover the cause of the accident and determine whether negligence played a role. If an individual’s negligent actions caused the accident, passengers and crew members impacted by the accident could file suit to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, and more.
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