Brunswick, Georgia — All four crew members have been safely rescued from a cargo vessel that overturned Sunday morning in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick. Georgia. The vessel, which was carrying 24 people, tipped over onto its side after it began listing heavily.
The U.S. Coast Guard were able to rescued 20 people, however, the location of the remaining four was complicated due to their unknown location and the size of the ship.
Images of the scene, published by the U.S. Coast Guard, show an American helicopter rescuing those inside the Golden Ray. According to Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Phillip VanderWeit, the crew members who were rescued escaped through various parts of the ship with some being hoisted into helicopters, while others were lowered into boats.
An extraction plan was made for the remaining four crew members Monday and was successfully carried out. Cmdr. Norm Witt of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Savannah said “pollution mitigation efforts” are underway, adding that salvage crews will find the best way to remove the ship without creating an environmental incident.
According to MarineTraffic.com, the Golden Ray was set to arrive in Baltimore Monday. Officials say that the cause of the accident is part of an ongoing investigation.