All 4 crew members rescued off capsized ship

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

The fourth was in a separate compartment. All three were being treated at a local hospital.

The ship is capsized near two popular fishing spots and many oyster beds lie on the coastline.

Prior to the rescue mission, the Coast Guard first drilled holes in the vessel to deliver supplies to the trapped seamen, the agency said.

The crew members are Filipino and South Korean, she said, and were provided with bags of hygiene items, socks, games and Bibles.

Twenty others were rescued Sunday.

Rescuers scoured the Georgia coast on Sunday for four missing crew members of a auto carrier cargo ship that overturned and caught fire, but the efforts ran into trouble amid the flames and instability of the ship, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Their conditions are unknown, but an extraction is being planned, VanderWeit said.

Reed said marine engineers were working on a plan to get the fourth person "safely extracted" from that room, where he has no access to fresh air, water and food. He had not had access to food or water since the emergency occurred more than 36 hours ago.

The 656-foot, 71,000-ton Golden Ray, overturned around 2 a.m Sunday as it was turning out of the Port of Brunswick, trapping four of the 24 crew members inside, McClatchy news group reported.

The South Korean foreign ministry said the crew members "apparently tapped back three times" when rescuers banged on the ship's hull in a bid to make contact.

The capsizing of the Golden Ray as it left Georgia's Port of Brunswick early Sunday caused fires and smoke, and while the flames are now apparently out, the huge ship is listing at almost 90 degrees, with more than 4,000 vehicles inside it.

After the crew members are rescued and the ship is stabilized, salvage crews will find the best way to remove the ship without creating an environmental incident, the Coast Guard's Clayton said. Rescuers were dropped off via helicopter and drilled a small hole in the ship to communicate with the crew members, VanderWeit said.

Heflin told The Associated Press that contact was made after rescuers discovered that "the early indication is they are on board and OK".

He added the initial rescue team had faced a language barrier in communicating with the South Korean crew members, and rescuers are now trying to figure out the safest way of getting them out.

"They were subject to some pretty tough conditions", he said. It was headed to the port of Baltimore when it began listing.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 8, the Golden Ray listed heavily to the side before rolling over as it was leaving the Port of Brunswick. It is also noted that a huge fire complicates the search. The Coast Guard tweeted later Sunday afternoon that one of its groups, the Atlantic Strike Team, was preparing to depart to the site to assess what it called a complex situation. Of the 23 crew members and one pilot on the ship, all but 4 have been accounted for so far, according to the military branch.

Other reports by iNewsToday