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Passengers: Escapade gambling continued near shore

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Passengers of the Escapade casino boat reported continuing to gamble after the boat was stranded, despite being less than three miles from shore.

The boat stranded 1.8 miles north of Tybee Island about 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Passengers reported gambling up until 1:30 a.m., with some even posting their winnings to Facebook in the early morning.

Gambling too close to shore caused Diamond Casino Cruise, Savannah's last gambling boat, to shut down in 2012 after the owners were indicted federally on charges of running an illegal gambling operation. They pleaded guilty last year.

The Department of Homeland Security investigated the Diamond Casino Cruise case and agents said Wednesday afternoon they were "aware" of near-shore gambling on the Escapade.

Tradewinds Cruise Lines, which operates the Escapade, did not return calls for comment Wednesday.

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