Posted on September 09, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Marshall Islands-flagged Car Carrier, Golden Ray, caught on fire, developed a heavy list and capsized during the early morning hours of September the 8th while leaving Brunswick, USA.
The incident occurred at approximately 02:00 am UTC, while the vessel was exiting the port of St. Simons Island Sound, en route for Baltimore.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was notified that a fire had erupted on the vessel & that the ship was disabled and listing heavily as a result.
At the time of the incident, the ship had a total 24 seafarers on board, which includes 23 crew members and a pilot.
The USCG deployed a number of resources to aid the distressed vessel; the list includes two response boat crews, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews, the Coast Guard Cutter Heron, Coast Guard Sector Charleston, Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team.
Assisting them with this task are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association and the Glynn County Fire Department.
So far, at least 20 crew members have been safely recovered. However, the search is still ongoing for the last 4 members of the crew, all Korean nationals, who are still considered missing.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
At this point in time, the Port of Brunswick is closed to vessel traffic, and has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound.