US Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining crewmembers from fire-stricken car carrier in St. Simons Sound

Photo: US Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

US Coast Guard and salvage crews have extracted the remaining four crewmembers of a vehicle carrier that had caught fire and capsized in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia, earlier this week.

Salvage crews were transported by the coast guard to assess the hull of the 199-metre Golden Ray at 08:22 local time on Monday, September 9. The vessel had caught fire and capsized one day prior, though 20 of the crew were safely rescued.

At approximately 13:00 on Monday, it was confirmed the remaining four crewmembers who were initially declared missing were still alive inside Golden Ray. An extraction plan was then developed to safely rescue them.

Three crewmembers were safely extracted from the vessel at approximately 15:00 and the fourth and final crewmember was safely extracted at 17:50.

Assisting the coast guard in the rescue of the remaining Golden Ray crew were Moran Towing, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, SeaTow, the Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

The coast guard has since shifted operations completely to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely, and resuming commerce.

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