Passengers Stranded All Night on Casino Boat Finally Get Evacuated

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Seven crew members remained on board the ship as of 5 p.m., Soto said.

PHOTO: The stranded casino boat Escapade is seen off of the shore of Tybee Island, Ga. in this handout image from the U.S. I didn't see anybody panic. Wednesday, according to the cruise company's website.

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“It was nerve-wracking, the fact that we were not being told anything,” said Dina Cook of Savannah, Georgia.

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PHOTO: The stranded casino boat Escapade is seen off of the shore of Tybee Island, Ga. Eaton, an Afghanistan veteran, required pain medication after suffering a back injury during a hard helicopter landing, so Clark and her mother rushed to the dock with the medication when he called them this morning from another passenger’s cellphone.

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As the passengers were still being evacuated, Cady Clark, 23, spoke to ABC News from the cruise line’s dock in Savannah, Georgia, where she was waiting for her father, Mark Eaton, a passenger aboard the ship.

Four passengers were hoisted off the cruise ship via helicopter to facilitate their evacuation, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

U.S. “Everything’s lightened up.”

Crews first attempted to move the boat around noon once water levels reached high tide, but the towlines broke, Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen said.

PHOTO: The casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, Ga., July 16, 2014.

No injuries were reported, although one passenger was taken by ambulance to a hospital as a precaution because of high blood pressure, the Coast Guard said.. in this handout image from the U.S. The Coast Guard members removed people from the ship after towlines broke during initial attempts to free the ship and get it back into the water.

The cruise was supposed to run from 7 p.m. “I don’t really think anybody was scared. A few people were maybe worried about kids being home or animals being in the house.”

Two other families were waiting there, too, she said.

Two passengers told the AP they felt the ship strike something at around 9:30 p.m., but were given little information.

All of the passengers arrived safely at the Coast Guard station at Tybee Island, Georgia, via Coast Guard cutter by 5 p.m., according to a Coast Guard spokesman, Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto.

PHOTO: The casino boat Escapade, with 123 people aboard, is grounded 1.8 miles off the north end of Tybee Island, Ga., July 16, 2014.

Tradewinds Casino Cruise’s Escapade ship, with 94 passengers and 31 crew members, got stranded around midnight in South Carolina’s Calibogue Sound. Eaton had been looking forward to taking the Escapade’s first cruise, Clark said, but she wasn’t sure whether he’d venture out on the ship again. Coast Guard

While stranded on the ship, lights and air conditioning continued to operate, passengers were given food and non-alcoholic beverages, and they reported sleeping on floors using life preservers as pillows, according to The Associated Press.

“There was a lack of sleep but they kept us entertained,” Bernard Yount of nearby Springfield, Georgia, told the AP

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