Four Crew Members Feared Lost After Cargo Ship Capsizes Near Brunswick, Georgia
BRUNSWICK, GA. — The U.S. Coast Guard said that the cargo ship called the “Golden Ray” overturned in the Saint Simons Sound off of Brunswick, Georgia. The Coast Guard rescued 20 of 24 crew on board. Sadly, four crew members are feared lost because a fire on board of the vessel thwarted rescuers’ efforts to reach the trapped crew members according to a report appearing in the Business Insider. However, rescuers reported hearing noises in the vessel and are holding out hope all four may be rescued alive according to WSBTV. The Coast Guard has not stated why the ship capsized and will work closely with investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board to solve the mystery. The Golden Ray sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands. *
A joint effort of eight Coast Guard units, which included two rescue helicopter crews, assigned to the Charleston sector raced to save the crew members on board of the doomed vessel. Coast Guard rescuers successfully saved 20 of the crew from the ship that flipped over and caught fire for reasons that are yet to be determined. The Coast Guard will continue pursuing avenues into the hull to reach the four strapped sailors.
The Coast Guard learned about the doomed vessel after a 911 dispatcher called the agency to report a ship in distress in Saint Simons Sound. The call initially went into the Glenn County dispatch center around 2:00 a.m. Fox News said that witnesses said the ship was listing heavily trying to leave Saint Simons Sound. The Coast Guard worked feverishly through the night and into the morning to retrieve all souls aboard the cargo ship.
The Coast Guard returned the rescued seamen to the International Seafarers’ Center located in Brunswick. The center gave the sailors, most of whom are of South Korean or Filipino extraction, clean socks, and hygiene products. The cargo ship typically carries motor vehicles to various ports for a South Korean automaker. The ship made a stop in Capetown, South Africa and Jacksonville, Florida before heading north into Saint Simons Sound. Two accident investigators working for the National Transportation Safety Board will assist the Coast Guard to determine the cause of the mishap.
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Source:https://www.businessinsider.com/cargo-ship-golden-ray-flips-over-near-georgia-port-4-crew-members-missing-2019-9 and https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/noises-heard-as-coast-guard-searches-for-4-inside-cargo-ship/984372374 and https://www.foxnews.com/us/cargo-ship-georgia-coast-guard-listing
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