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Sunday 15 September 2019

Four crew missing as fire blazes on overturned cargo ship

The Golden Ray cargo ship, a 656ft vehicle carrier, ran into trouble when it listed heavily in St Simons Sound, Georgia, in the US.

An overturned cargo vessel in St Simons Sound, Georgia (US coast guard via AP)
An overturned cargo vessel in St Simons Sound, Georgia (US coast guard via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Rescuers are looking for four crew members who are unaccounted for after a vessel overturned near a Georgia port, the US coast guard said.

The Golden Ray cargo ship ran into trouble when it listed heavily in St Simons Sound.

There were 23 crew members and one pilot on board, the coast guard said.

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The Golden Ray cargo ship capsized near a port on the Georgia coast (Buff Leavy/The Brunswick News via AP)

All but four crew members have been safely evacuated from the ship, a 656ft vehicle carrier.

The coast guard said it was notified by an emergency call at about 2am local time of a capsized vessel in the sound.

The cause is under investigation.

The Port of Brunswick has established an emergency safety zone in St Simons Sound.

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Coast guard crews and port partners respond to a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board in St Simons Sound, Georgia (US coast guard via AP)

Vessels are not authorised within half a mile of the Golden Ray, which is lying on its side and is on fire.

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