A new disaster: off the coast of the USA, the second ship with people caught fire in a week
Rescuers are searching for four crew members of a cargo ship that turned over and caught fire near a port off the coast of Georgia. Searches are complicated by ship instability, the US Coast Guard said.
The problems with the Golden Ray began in the early morning when it tilted violently and fell on its side in St. Simons Lagoon near the port of Brunswick. There were 23 crew members and a pilot on board, writes “Voice of America".
Coast Guard captain John Reid said that 20 people were safely evacuated, but after that the rescuers concluded that it was too risky to go further into the vessel due to smoke and fire.
Reed said that as soon as the experts conclude that the ship is stable, rescuers will determine the best option to continue the search for the four crew members who remained on board.
The search and rescue operation involves federal agencies, state agencies and municipal authorities.
Coast Guard lieutenant Lloyd Heflin said rescuers remain at the scene.
A @USCG Air Station Savannah helicopter crew and port partners rescued 20 people early this morning after the Golden Ray, a 656-foot vehicle carrier, was reported disabled and listing. 4 crew members are still unaccounted for. Video available here: https://t.co/WxHwVs9LPN pic.twitter.com/dD92UPuHH9
- USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) September 8, 2019
“They continue to do everything in their power. This is a difficult situation. We need security not only to save people on board, but also to ensure security for our people. The situation is developing, ”he said.
Petty Officer Ryan Dickinson said it’s not yet clear if weather conditions caused the ship’s roll.
The coast guard said that the accident did not lead to the release of pollutants, but just in case, measures are being prepared to mitigate possible consequences.
According to the Coast Guard, the Golden Ray ship was transporting cars. The ship sailed under the flag of the Marshall Islands and headed for Baltimore, according to the website delielfinder.com. The owner of the ship is a South Korean company.
Port Brunswick is currently closed to shipping, and a safety zone has been established in the St. Simons lagoon. Vessels cannot approach Golden Ray closer than half a mile.
Previously, ForumDaily wrote:
- On the night of 1 on 2 September off the coast of the USA burned and sank a ship with tourists. The discovered victims drowned, trying to escape from the flames of the ship.
- Rescue teams discovered the remains of 25 peoplewho died after a diving boat caught fire off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, located north of Los Angeles.
- A native of Russia, Julia Krashenaya, presumably died during a fire on board.
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