The Golden Ray, a 656-foot cargo ship was overturned in St. Simons according to the Coast Guard. 20 of the 24 crew members have been rescued, but four are still missing. However, the search keeps being interrupted by safety concerns. The Captin of this sector of the Charleston coast guard said “As smoke and flames began to appear our crews … assessed the situation was too risky to further go inside the vessel to attempt to locate the four individuals who remain missing at this time,” in a statement. However, the coast guard reassures the public that the search and rescue mission will continue once it’s safe to do so. The Captin went on to explain, “Once salvage professionals have determined the vessel to be stable, we will identify the best option to continue our rescue efforts for the four crew members who remain on board.”
Early Sunday morning, around 2 a.m., the Coast Guard was notified that a ship was disabled. The Golden Ray was leaning heavily on the port side of the ship. Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident. While the investigation is underway, other ships are warned not to enter a half-mile radius of the Golden Ray.
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