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2019 Sep 09

Four crew members are missing from a cargo ship that's listing off the coast of Georgia

The US Coast Guard is trying to rescue four South Korean crew members who were on board a cargo ship that began listing heavily off the coast of Georgia Sunday morning, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.
By evening, the vessel -- the 656-foot Golden Ray -- was laid over on its side in St. Simons Sound as authorities worked to stabilize the ship so they could resume rescue operations, which were stalled due to a fire on the ship, Capt. John Reed, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Charleston, said at a news conference.
The missing crew members have been confirmed to be in the engine room of the ship, the ministry said.

It was about 2 a.m. when authorities were first notified the vessel was listing, Reed said.
Crews from the Coast Guard and other agencies responded and rescued 20 of the 24 people on board -- 23 crew members and one pilot -- before a fire forced them to stop, he said. The Coast Guard said the ship is carrying vehicles.

"As smoke and flames began to appear our crews, along with the Glynn County heavy rescue team, assessed that the situation was too risky to further go inside the vessel to attempt to locate the four individuals who remain missing at this time," Reed said.
The black smoke emanating from the ship has since ceased, Reed said.
"But we are unable to determine specifically without going inside whether the fire has been completely extinguished," he added.
Officials are working to stabilize the leaning vessel, he said. Once that's done, rescue efforts will continue.
"The other outcome could be that it may be deemed more appropriate to go ahead and right the vessel and de-smoke and de-water before we are able to actually get in there and locate the four individuals," Reed told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield in an interview Sunday.

Source: www.cnn.com; Melissa Alonso

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