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Golden Ray cargo ship: US Coastguard saves two of trapped crew

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The US Coastguard has rescued two of four crew members of a cargo ship that capsized off the coast of the state of Georgia on Sunday.

Lt Lloyd Heflin told the Associated Press news agency team are currently in the process of removing a third man.

Rescue teams drilled a hole near the stern of the ship to get to the trapped crewmen.

Car carrier the Golden Ray overturned early on Sunday morning after leaving the port of Brunswick.

Authorities only managed to save 20 of the crew before fire forced them back. On Monday, they managed to make contact with the remaining four and drill into the hull.

Those remaining on board are all South Korean nationals, the country’s foreign ministry said.

A tweet from the US Coastguard said they had made contact with the men and were planning how to extract them from the vessel.

“Response crew will drill a hole to deliver supplies,” they added.

Footage from the scene showed a US coastguard helicopter landing on the heavily listing Golden Ray, and rescue teams assessing the vessel’s hull.

Six South Koreans, 13 Filipinos and the US ship pilot were evacuated from the vessel on Sunday, South Korea’s foreign ministry reportedly said.

According to MarineTraffic.com, the Golden Ray was en route to Baltimore. The ship was built in 2017 and was reportedly carrying more than 4,000 vehicles when it tipped over.

No other ship is allowed within half a mile (0.8km) of the Golden Ray under an emergency safety zone set up by the coastguard.

The reason for the ship’s capsize is under investigation, a coastguard news release stated. The National Transportation Safety Board has assigned two investigators to help.

Golden Ray is owned by the Hyundai Glovis logistics company and operates under a Marshall Islands flag.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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