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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.

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