Rescue efforts are proceeding after four crew members went missing after their vessel, the cargo ship Golden Ray, overturned near the Georgia coast. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board at the time of the incident. Four of the crew members are missing, and authorities are currently searching for them.
According to reports, the vessel was near the Port of Brunswick in St. Simons Sound when it listed heavily and overturned. Officials from the Port of Brunswick have created an emergency safety zone around the ship. Other vessels are not allowed within a half-mile of the Golden Ray, which is currently on fire as it is lying on its side. The port is one of the busiest automobile ports in the United States, with over 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery moving throughout in the 2019 fiscal year which ended in June.
Details About the Golden Ray’s Turnover
The Golden Ray is a 655-foot cargo ship and was carrying vehicles when it listed heavily. Heavy listing refers to when a ship turns too sharply and tips over. Turnovers during listing frequently occur because of an uneven load distribution or if a vessel is overloaded with cargo. If a ship is at equilibrium while listing, it will typically remain upright.
According to the Coast Guard, it is not known if weather conditions played a factor in the accident. Last week, Hurricane Dorian passed by the Georgia coast just before it was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone. The Coast Guard has not yet revealed If any of the evacuated crew members sustained injuries.
The Coast Guard received a 911 call at around 2 a.m. that the large boat had capsized. The Golden Ray is flagged out of the Marshall Islands and is owned by a South Korean company. It was on its way to Baltimore, according to the website Vessel Finder. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.