Trapped crew members rescued from capsized cargo ship

The U.S. Coast Guard successfully rescued four crew members trapped inside an overturned cargo ship.


NSFW    BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued all crew members of a cargo ship that overturned off the Georgia coast.

The Washington Post reports that the 656-foot cargo ship the Golden Ray was leaving the port of Brunswick in Georgia early Sunday morning when it listed to one side and tipped over. The ship was carrying 4,000 vehicles and 24 crew members.

According to the BBC, the Coast Guard had only managed to save 20 of the crew before a fire onboard forced them back.

On Monday, rescuers drilled a hole in the hull of the ship to get food and water to three of the four South Korean crew members trapped near the propeller shaft, before later extracting them.

The fourth man had been trapped behind glass in an engineering control room but was successfully pulled from the vessel to safety later in the day.

In a tweet, the Coast Guard's Seventh District said operations will now focus on environmental protection, removing the ship, and resuming commerce.

The Washington Post reports that two investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will be reviewing the circumstances that led to the ship capsizing.
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