The Coast Guard has so far released three of its four crew members who were stranded in a closed cargo ship owned by South Korea off Georgia's coast, spokesmen said Monday afternoon. Efforts to save the fourth continue.
Earlier Monday, rescuers made contact with four crew members stranded inside a South Korean-owned cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a large Georgia Harbor over the weekend,
The Golden Beam, a 656-foot heavy-duty vehicle carrier, then rolled over to its country early Sunday in St. Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia, according to the Coast .
Rescuers drilled a three-inch hole overnight through the hull and contacted the four crew members who were listed as missing.
Coastguard rescuers were able to find the four crew members of South Korea by shooting down the side and drilling a hole, according to the US Coast Guard, who added that the rescue team was communicating with captured sailors through the hole that drilled and also gave them food and water through the hole.
Capt. John Reed told reporters Monday afternoon that the three rescued crew members are in one area of the massive ship, and the fourth, who is currently being rescued, is stuck behind glass closed in an engineering control room. Reed added that the three were able to access clean air, food and water through the hole, but rescue crews were unable to reach the fourth crew member.
Reed said when rescue crews heard "back to back" from three crew members stranded inside a cargo ship overnight, it "really motivated the crew" to continue their rescue efforts.
"Knowing that the people are alive.
He said that the four crew members were" under difficult conditions for a day and a half. "
Click here for the application of FOX NEWS (19459017] ] Reed said the US Coast Guard is still investigating the cause.
Jeff Rubin, Travis Fedshon, and Fox News Associated Press contributed to this report.