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BREAKING News Off The Coast Of Georgia – *UPDATE!*

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*LATEST UPDATE!

The Coast Guard has freed all four crew members stuck in a capsized South Korea-owned cargo ship off the Georgia coast, officials announced on Monday evening.

At a Monday afternoon news conference the U.S. Coast Guard had said they rescued three crew members and efforts to save the fourth, who was trapped on another deck, continued. By Monday evening, officials announced all four were saved.

*UPDATE!* – Rescuers made contact Monday with four crew members stuck inside a South Korea-owned cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a major port in Georgia over the weekend, said the U.S. Coast Guard, adding that officials are working to free the quartet from the massive vessel, Fox News reported. 

Rescuers drilled a hole overnight through the ship’s hull and made contact with the four crew members, who had been listed as missing.

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*ORIGINAL REPORT*

GEORGIA – Four crew members are still unaccounted for after a large cargo ship overturned and caught fire near a major port in Georgia early Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Seventh District said on Twitter that it was joined by local agencies with “multiple rescue assets” on the scene after the Golden Ray cargo vessel was “listing heavily” near St. Simons Sound in Brunswick, Ga.

“#Update Evacuations of the Golden Ray’s crew continue. All vessel traffic in the Port of Brunswick is currently suspended unless approved by the @USCG Captain of the Port. #HappeningNow”

“Air Station Savannah helicopter crew and port partners rescued 20 people early this morning after the Golden Ray, a 656-foot vehicle carrier, was reported disabled and listing. 4 crew members are still unaccounted for. Video available here:

The Coast Guard said there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board. All but four crew members have been safely evacuated from the ship, a 656-foot vehicle carrier.

“A damage assessment team from the @USCG Atlantic Strike Team prepares to depart from Station Brunswick. The team is assessing the impacts of the Golden Ray and are just one of many specialized teams working diligently in the complex response.”

Fox News reports:

“We’re still conducting rescue operations. They continue to do what they can,” Coard Guard Lt. Llyod Heflin said at a Sunday afternoon news conference. “It is a complex situation.”

The ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned to its side early Sunday.  The Coast Guard said it was notified by a 911 call at about 2 a.m. of a capsized vessel in the sound.

Capt. John Reed, commander of Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said rescuers noticed that smoke and flames began to appear as they approached the scene, and assessed the situation to be “too risky” to go inside to locate the four missing crew members.

“Once they have stabilized the vessel, [they] will try to go in to get the four who remain on board,” Reed told reporters.

Reed said the fire was observed off the ship’s starboard side area of the cargo and produced black smoke. In the hours since the ship tipped over, the smoke has ceased but officials have not yet determined the fire has been extinguished.

“The port’s well-earned reputation for productivity and efficiency is heightened by its position as one of the fastest-growing auto and heavy machinery ports in North America,” the GPA’s website states. “Today, more than 12 major auto manufacturers, supported by three auto processors, utilize the Colonel’s Island Terminal.”

The port is one of the busiest U.S. seaports for shipping automobiles. Nearly 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.

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone involved.

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Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

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