FOUR crew members are missing after a large cargo ship overturned and caught fire near a major port in Georgia, US, early this morning.
The US Coast Guard said on Twitter that it was joined by local agencies with “multiple rescue assets” on the scene after the Golden Ray cargo vessel was “listing heavily” near St. Simons Sound, in the southern state.
The Coast Guard said there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board. All but four crew members have been safely evacuated from the 656-foot vehicle carrier.
The ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned onto its side this morning.
The Coast Guard said it was notified by a 911 call at about 2 a.m. of a capsized vessel.
Justin Irwin, commander of Coast Guard Station Brunswick, told the Brunswick News: “We’re not sure exactly what occurred.”
An image released by the Coast Guard showed the large ship turned to one side.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson told the Associated Press it is not known if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch.
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Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.
Dickinson said it was not immediately known whether there were any injuries on board.
Glynn County first responders told Action News JAX they helped with the response where possible, but the ultimate responsibility for handling the situation lies with the Coast Guard.
The ship, a vehicles carrier, was built in 2017 and sails under the flag of the Marshall Islands, according to the vesselfinder.com.
The name of the ship’s owner was not immediately available.
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The Port of Brunswick has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorised within a half-mile of the Golden Ray, which is lying on its side and on fire.
The Port of Brunswick is a major deepwater port in Georgia, which is comprised of three terminals that makes up the facility, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.
A version of this story first appeared on Fox News
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