Accident damages Galveston casino cruise ship

The new casino cruise ship in Galveston had to cancel a cruise on Sunday after hitting a hidden buoy in the water.

The new casino cruise ship in Galveston had to cancel a cruise on Sunday after hitting a hidden marker in the water.

Officials said the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. About 100 passengers were on board the Jacks or Better (JOB) Casino day cruise.

The operator said nobody was injured and the ship was able to safely dock in the Galveston Yacht Basin.

The damages to the ship were minor. 

"It suffered some minor cosmetic damage as it slid across the marker," wrote Rocky Herrin, the general manager of the ship. 

This is the first accident for the casino cruise ship. It opened for the public just last month. 

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The owners are working with the Coast Guard to make the hazard more visible. The ship will be out-of-service for repairs until further notice.

The captain of Jacks or Better Casino released the following statement:

"First let me apologize for the delay in making a statement concerning what happened aboard Jacks or Better Saturday evening. As there is an ongoing investigation I found it prudent to delay comment in detail but think it necessary to say something now specifically to the passengers, staff and crew that were onboard when the accident occurred.

"I want those people to know that I would never ever intentionally put or any vessel in harm’s way. Regardless of the rumors and opinions of those who “think” they know what happened I assure you I did not fall asleep and I would never act in an unprofessional manner especially in my own back yard.
"There were no alcohol or drugs involved as the tests will show when the results are returned. In my entire career I have never had an incident like this and I am still trying to figure out how & why to put it bluntly, I dropped the ball as I was the Captain, I was in charge and it was my responsibility for safe passage.
"I am truly sorry for scaring you, putting you and the vessel in peril and hope in the future you will come back to the Jacks or Better once she is back in service. She’s a great boat and a lot of fun to work, play and cruise on. I also hope that in the future I can regain your confidence and trust to go to sea with me again.
"People that truly know me know that I have a passion and love for anything water related, I have worked and sailed all over the World, being a Captain is in my blood, it is where I belong and I am good at what I do.
"In closing I want to thank those people who continue to support me, continue to speak highly of the Jacks or Better and are looking forward to her return to service. You guys rock and have my heart."

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