Rescuers shook the Georgia coast on Sunday for four missing crew members of a freighter that overturned and caught fire, but efforts went into distress amid the flames and the instability of the ship, US Coast Guard reported.
Problems with the Golden Ray cargo ship began early on Sunday morning, when it counted heavily and transferred to St Simons Sound near Brunswick harbor with 23 crew members and one pilot aboard.
The Coast Guard, Capt. John Reed, stated that 20 were safely evacuated from the ship before rescuers determined the situation, as smoke and flames appeared, it was too risky to go further inside the ship.
Reed said rescue crews on Sunday tried to stabilize a 656-foot vehicle carrier to continue the search for the missing crew, but were unable to determine if the fire was extinguished. Late Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard tweeted that one of its groups, called the Atlantic Strike Team, was preparing to head to the site to assess what it called a complex situation.
"Once rescue personnel have determined the vessel to be stable, we will identify the best option to continue our efforts to rescue the four recollections of the crew who remain on board," Reed told a press conference Sunday afternoon.
] Federal, state and local agencies are involved in search and rescue operations. The Coast Guard's Lady Heflin said rescuers remain in place.
"They continue to do what they can. This is a complicated situation. We are not only looking for safety so that we can save the people on board, but also so that we can provide safety for our crew. It goes on, "he said.
The Coast Guard said it was notified by a 91
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Currently, the port of Brunswick is closed to ship traffic, with an emergency safety zone in St Simons Sound.
The port is one of the busiest US seaports for car transportation. Nearly 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery units moved through their docks during fiscal 2019, which ended June 30, according to Georgia Port Authorities.