Cargo Ship Carrying Thousands Of Cars Capsizes Off The Coast Of Georgia

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.

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.

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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.


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Picture credits: U.S. Coast Guard District 7 PADET Jacksonville

  • salamOOn

    “the first three people were rescued at around 3 pm. The fourth and final person was retrieved about three hours later.”

    3 longest hours of his life. for sure.

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      3 centuries.

  • Bo Hanan

    Get the crew dried off and then they need to explain what the hell happened.
    I mean Dorian had already passed them so the hurricane excuse doesn’t work.

  • Joe

    The false reports of it carrying Hyundai branded cars are probably making the leap from the ship being being owned by Hyundai Glovis (as reported by the BBC), a logistics company with the same parent.

    • Bige Lee

      Hyundai is the biggest name in shipbuilding business. Easy to highlight.

  • Baeyoung ❂

    We’ll never know the truth…

  • charlotteharry57

    It’ll be interesting to see how they plan to right this thing. Obviously once the holes they’ve drilled for rescue are patched. I never followed the righting of that European cruise ship, but I’d assume the procedure will be similar.

    • TrevP

      the concordia? Yea i assume it would be the same process. Lots of time and money, not to mention whats leaking into the ocean as it lays sideways.

  • Hi I am Zako

    Damn just looking at the photo I thought this is some kind of new architectural designed building in the sea.

    • Knarck

      lol i thought the same thing, now thats an attention getting yacht if I saw one

  • performante

    Hyundai/Kia – not much of a loss.

    • Ken Lyns

      Lol “loss”. These cars will be rinsed off and sold as new, with owners none the wiser.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Where´s Greenpeace?Where´s Macron? Where´s all people hurry by ecological problems …First world HIPOCRISY!!!

  • KareKakk

    Not really… but feel free to elaborate for us foreign b’stards not too familiar with american lingo.

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