A cargo ship named M/V Golden Ray reportedly carrying thousands of vehicles flipped on its side in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia over the weekend.
It was initially reported by some news outlets that the ship was carrying Hyundai and Kia branded models. We contacted Hyundai that told CarScoops that none of its vehicles were on the vessel. We’ve also reached out to Kia and will be updating this post.
Little else known about the Golden Ray’s cargo, but Reuters reported the ship was carrying a little over 4,000 vehicles that were headed to the Middle East. There’s no word on which vehicles were being transported or what their current condition is.
Following the incident, the U.S. Coast Guard launched a massive rescue effort to save the 24 people onboard. The response included two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters, two boat crews from the Brunswick station and the deployment of the Coast Guard Cutter Heron.
.@USCG and rescue crews have extracted the final #GoldenRay crew member safely. All crew members are accounted for. Operations will now shift fully to environmental protection, removing the vessel and resuming commerce. #HappeningNow #BreakingNews #Breaking pic.twitter.com/YgEM6Eb2qO
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) September 9, 2019
20 people were rescued relatively quickly, but four remained missing. While some feared the worst, the Coast Guard says they transported salvage crews to the Golden Ray at 8:22 am on Monday to assess the vessel’s hull. Approximately five hours later, they discovered the missing crew members were still alive and trapped inside the cargo ship.
An extraction plan was quickly put together and the first three people were rescued at around 3 pm. The fourth and final person was retrieved about three hours later. All four were taken to the Glenn County EMS for further evaluation, but Coast Guard Captain John Reed said they were in relatively good condition despite spending more than a day trapped inside the vessel.