Crewmen Trapped Aboard Overturned Ship Rescued and Taken to Safety


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.

Three other crew members were rescued on Monday and are receiving medical attention.

"That is incredible. The best day of my career because you guys did that".

'They heard noises, but we can't confirm that it's signs of life, ' Petty Officer 3rd class Ryan Dickinson said on Monday morning.

Search operation to find another four crew members is underway. Phillip VanderWeit said: "The expressions on their faces said it all". A fourth member was trapped behind glass in an engineering compartment on a separate deck, and was rescued later on Monday.

The four have been transported to area hospitals.

The Golden Ray cargo ship's problems began early Sunday morning when it listed heavily and rolled on its side in St. Simons Sound near the Port of Brunswick with 23 crew members and one pilot on board. It also provided fresh air to the propeller room, which Reed said was even hotter than outside, where the high was 34 degrees Celsius.

Video showed rescuers walking along the ship's hull, assessing it for possible entry, the Coast Guard said earlier.

Six South Koreans, 13 Filipinos and the United States ship pilot were evacuated from the vessel on Sunday, South Korea's foreign ministry reportedly said.

Rescuers work near the stern of the vessel Golden Ray
Four crew members are missing from a cargo ship that’s listing off the coast of Georgia

A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said a team that would be led by the Coast Guard was being dispatched to Brunswick to participate in the investigation of the accident.

They are communicating with the trapped sailors through the hole they drilled, but getting them out poses hard technical challenges, Heflin said. Phillip VanderWeit said some of those rescued were either hoisted to safety by helicopter or lowered by fire hose into boats.

John Reed said Sunday afternoon that rescue teams safely evacuated 20 people from the ship in St. Simons Sound, but then determined the situation was too risky to go further inside the vessel. The third crew member's condition is not known. The Golden Ray was sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands and weighed 71,178 tons, the ministry said.

Only ships carrying perishable goods that can't be rerouted are being allowed into the port, Clayton said, while others are being diverted to nearby seaports such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina.

Authorities arrived at the listing vessel around 3 a.m., according to Coast Guard Lt. j.g.

He said he didn't know how long the Brunswick port will remain closed, but removing the Golden Ray "is something that will take weeks to do".

The ship had 10 South Korean and 13 Filipino crew members and an American pilot, The Associated Press reported, citing South Korea's foreign ministry.

"They were charged up knowing the people were alive, " Reed said.

Korean President Moon Jae-in sent thank you letters to the U.S. President Donald Trump and the Coast Guard for their efforts to save the crew members, according to the Blue House Tuesday.

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