Escapade Got Stuck in South Carolina Waters - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Escapade got stuck in South Carolina waters

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Here's a new twist to a story we've been following. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the casino ship that ran aground on a sandbar off the coast of Tybee was actually in South Carolina waters.

Trying to break down Georgia Laws probably won't do us any good when looking at gambling laws. 

The 14th Circuit Solicitor's Office tells us all gambling in South Carolina is illegal and that governs up to three miles off its coasts.

According to the Coast Guard, the Escapade got stuck just about 1.8 miles north of the tip of Tybee last Tuesday night. However the Coast Guard says that is actually South Carolina waters.

According to Solicitor Duffie Stone, the state still considers three nauticals miles part of the South Carolina jurisdication and gambling within that three mile marker from the shore would be considered illegal. 

WTOC mapped out approximiate distances from the coasts of South Carolina, all seem to be within three nautical miles.

Even though passengers have admitted to gambling while stuck on the sandbar last week, officials with the cruise ship told us exclusively there was no illegal gambling going on.

"The professionalism displayed by the captain and the crew, I can't give them enough praise for that," said Roger Humphreys. "No one was injured. The ship was not damaged. Nothing illegal happened. I mean coming out of this we're going to move forward."

Stone says it would most likely be up to the Department of Natural Resources to pursue an investigation into the illegal gambling, but at this point the solicitors office does not have a case in front of them.

Copyright 2014 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • Orange Crush weekend leaves Tybee Island with clean beaches

    Orange Crush weekend leaves Tybee Island with clean beaches

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:45 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:45:02 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    Crowds from different cities and states gathered this Orange Crush weekend on Tybee. The weekend-long celebrations and the Tybee alcohol ban wrapped up on Sunday.  "We were all having fun," said James Dennis. "A bunch of people came down. Brothers and sisters. Just having a good time." It's also an event that gives locals a bittersweet feeling, mostly because of past incidents that resulted in arrests, shootings, litter complaints and underage drinking. Tybe...

    More >>

    Crowds from different cities and states gathered this Orange Crush weekend on Tybee. The weekend-long celebrations and the Tybee alcohol ban wrapped up on Sunday.  "We were all having fun," said James Dennis. "A bunch of people came down. Brothers and sisters. Just having a good time." It's also an event that gives locals a bittersweet feeling, mostly because of past incidents that resulted in arrests, shootings, litter complaints and underage drinking. Tybe...

    More >>
  • Charity walk supports efforts to plant and restore land

    Charity walk supports efforts to plant and restore land

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:53:39 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    The BAPS charity walk to support The Nature Conservancy's efforts to plant and restore land was held on Sunday in Forsyth Park.  The group hopes to restore up to 1.6 million acres of land by 2025, planing to do that by planting one billion trees through their Plant a Billion Tree initiative. Their efforts are something that could help national landmarks right here in Georgia. "Helps iconic sights in Georgia like the Okefenokee, the Altamaha River, the Chattahooch...More >>
    The BAPS charity walk to support The Nature Conservancy's efforts to plant and restore land was held on Sunday in Forsyth Park.  The group hopes to restore up to 1.6 million acres of land by 2025, planing to do that by planting one billion trees through their Plant a Billion Tree initiative. Their efforts are something that could help national landmarks right here in Georgia. "Helps iconic sights in Georgia like the Okefenokee, the Altamaha River, the Chattahooch...More >>
  • May Institute hosts family day to raise awareness for autism month

    May Institute hosts family day to raise awareness for autism month

    Sunday, April 22 2018 5:39 PM EDT2018-04-22 21:39:23 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    April is autism awareness month and the May Institute put together an Autisim Awareness Family Day to help raise visibility. The fun-filled day was held at the Coastal Cathedral on Berwick Boulevard. According to Autism Speaks, autism affects 1 in every 68 children. It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Boys are actually 5 times more likely to have Autism than girls. There is no medical detection or cure for Autism. "Today is all about bring...More >>
    April is autism awareness month and the May Institute put together an Autisim Awareness Family Day to help raise visibility. The fun-filled day was held at the Coastal Cathedral on Berwick Boulevard. According to Autism Speaks, autism affects 1 in every 68 children. It is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Boys are actually 5 times more likely to have Autism than girls. There is no medical detection or cure for Autism. "Today is all about bring...More >>
Powered by Frankly