After 16 hours, an exit from stalled casino boat

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Passengers who were stranded on a casino boat that ran aground off Georgia's coast were ferried to shore yesterday aboard two Coast Guard cutters.

Two of the vessels were needed to ferry the 96 passengers, who were stuck aboard the Escapade on Tuesday night after the boat ran aground on its maiden trip from Savannah. Four people were ferried ashore by helicopter.

The boat was supposed to return about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday

Attempts to tow the boat failed when the tow lines broke, so those aboard were transferred first to small boats that hold about eight people, then to a larger vessel.