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Four crew members missing from cargo ship listing off Georgia coast

Four crew members missing from cargo ship listing off Georgia coast”

The crew members who were rescued had to escape through different parts of the ship, VanderWeit said.

Trouble for the "Golden Ray" started early in the morning, when the 656-foot cargo ship listed heavily in St. Simon Sound with 23 crew members and a pilot on board.

Reed says rescue teams, which involve federal, state and local agencies, are trying to stabilize the Golden Ray cargo ship to continue their search for the missing crew members.

The Coast Guard shared a photo of the 656-foot cargo freighter, which had turned nearly completely to one side.

The roll-on, roll-off cargo vessel Golden Ray capsized early Sunday morning, September 8, in St. Simons Sound after departing from the Port of Brunswick, Georgia.

"But we are unable to determine specifically without going inside whether the fire has been completely extinguished", he added. Almost 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery units moved across its docks in the 2019 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port has set up an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound.

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Crews are now working to stabilize the vessel, which also had a fire on board, and continue rescue efforts with help from the Golden Ray's master and chief engineer. According to USCG, all crew were evacuated, all are safe.

The ship, sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands, was bound for Baltimore, where it was expected to arrive Monday, according to MarineTraffic.com.

In the meantime, "pollution mitigation efforts" are getting underway, according to Cmdr. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident via a 911 call at around 2am.

"Currently, I would say there is no active release of pollution", Witt told reporters.

Also assisting in the response are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

The Coast Guard received an alert of a capsized ship at about 2 a.m.



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