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CAR CARRIER SHIP CAPSIZES IN BRUNSWICK SOUND

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 

The US Coast Guard South East reported that a car carrier ship, the 200m Marshall Islands-flagged 'Golden Ray', caught fire and capsized in St Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia on Sunday 8th September.

USCG rescued 20 personnel - six South Koreans, 13 Filipinos and a US pilot - from the listing vessel before fire drove salvage crews back. Plans were developed to stabilise the ship in order to rescue the remaining four crew members who were said to be still alive but trapped inside. After drilling holes in the hull, they were safely evacuated on Monday 9th September.

An emergency exclusion zone has been established, with other vessels not allowed within 0.5 miles of the Golden Ray. Coast Guard operations have now been shifted from rescue to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely and resuming commerce.

The cause of the incident has not yet been established and is under investigation. A pilot is said to have been onboard the 2017-built vessel, which was reported to have a cargo of over 4000 Hyundai cars on board, when it sank.

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