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VIDEO: Car carrier capsize closes Port of Brunswick

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The Port of Brunswick, Ga., was closed Sunday morning as the U.S. Coast Guard and port partners searched for four crew members aboard a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia.

At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the M/V Golden Ray had capsized in the St. Simons Sound. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of multiple Coast Guard assets.

As of 10.15 a.m., the Coast Guard said that 20 people had been safely removed and four people remained unaccounted for on the 656-foot vehicle carrier, which has a crew of 23 but also had a pilot aboard.

The vessel was reported as listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound.

According to the Equasis data base, the 2017-built, Marshall Islands registered Golden Ray is managed by Hyundai Glovis of Seoul, South Korea

The vessel’s master and chief engineer are assisting authorities and salvage teams to develop plans to stabilize the vessel and continue rescue efforts. Coast Guard units involved in the response:

The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within 0.5 miles of the M/V Golden Ray, which is laid over on its side.

In addition to the Coast Guard, also assisting in the response are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

UPDATE: The Coast Guard is making plans go extract four crew members found alive inside the ship

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