Casino ship refloats

A US casino cruiseship has freed itself after grounding off Savannah, Georgia.

The 200-gt Escapade (built 1978) was stuck for one and a half days on a rocky sandbar, Reuters reported.

It came free at high tide on Thursday, according to the US Coast Guard (USCG).

All 118 passengers and crew had been taken from the ship after a night and most of the next day on board.

The vessel is owned by Florida-based Tradewinds Casino Cruise.

It was making its maiden voyage in the Savannah market.

The USCG said crew initially reported a malfunction in the ship's course plotter.