Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Trapped crew members rescued from capsized cargo ship

Trapped crew members rescued from capsized cargo ship

A fire that broke out on board prevented rescuers from reaching the four South Koreans still trapped inside, Capt. John Reed, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Charleston, told the US-based news channel.

It was about 2 a.m. when authorities were first notified the vessel was listing, Reed said.

A team overnight heard tapping sounds from the propeller shaft area, he said.

The U.S. Coast Guard is on a search and rescue mission for four missing crew members of a cargo ship that completely flipped over off the shores of Georgia. He had not had access to food or water since the emergency occurred more than 36 hours ago.

The Coast Guard had to cut through the hull to get to them.

The 656-foot-long (200-meter-long) Golden Ray was transporting vehicles when it became disabled in St. Simons Sound off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, caught fire and turned over on its side.

Dickinson said it isn't clear if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch.

One of the companies involved in the incident is Moran Towing, which is based in CT.

Some of the initial 20 crew members who were rescued told CNN they didn't know what happened.

They are communicating with the trapped sailors through the hole they drilled, but getting them out poses hard technical challenges, Heflin said. The rescue came to a close last night with all 24 passengers and crew safe on shore.

Coast Guard crews lifted 20 people into helicopters hovering overhead on Sunday before rescuers determined the smoke and flames and unstable cargo made it too risky to venture further inside.

Jones a capsized cargo ship is seen near a port on the Georgia coast Sunday Sept. 8 2019
Jones a capsized cargo ship is seen near a port on the Georgia coast Sunday Sept. 8 2019

UNIDENTIFIED COAST GUARD OFFICER #1: See the survivors just outside the cabin door?

On Monday afternoon the Coast Guard rescued three more people but a final crew member was stuck behind glass in an engineering control room.

He says the crew member appears to be in good medical condition but is being evaluated.

A restaurant donated a meal, and the volunteer-run centre provided the seamen with clothes, toiletries and Bibles.

Three crew members could walk on their own.

They were rescued around 4 and 5 a.m., VanderWeit said.

The ship, tilted at a 90 degree angle, was secured by two tugboats so that it did not overturn any further or drift away.

The cause of the capsize is now under investigation, as weather conditions were not adverse at the time of the incident.

The Golden Ray, a giant auto carrier, rolled onto its side early Sunday as it was leaving Brunswick, bound for Baltimore.

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has formed a protection of overseas Koreans task force and is responding, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Marine Traffic shows the Golden Ray overturned as it was passed by another vehicle carrier entering St. Simons Sound.


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