Missing Crew Rescued; 1 Still Aboard Cargo Ship

Missing Crew Rescued; 1 Still Aboard Cargo Ship

Twenty members of the crew were rescued around 4 and 5 a.m., he said.

Emergency responders work to rescue crew members from the capsized cargo ship.

By late Sunday morning, 20 people had been rescued from the ship, which had a crew of 24, the Coast Guard said.

They also endured crushing heat and humidity.

The witness said it was too dark to tell what really happened between the two ships. He said the oil was possibly from hydraulic fuel and from the engine. "They were being cooked".

The Golden Ray was stuck in a shipping channel, closing one of the busiest U.S. seaports.

The cause remains under investigation. officials said it isn't clear if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch. A marine tracking site shows the Golden Ray overturned as it was passed by another auto carrier that was entering St. Simons Sound. "There's no sign that the actual fuel cells or fuel holds of the vessel are leaking".

"It was outstanding when I heard the news this morning that we had taps back throughout the night, " Reed said, saying it helped rescuers find the right sport on the 656-foot vessel.

Position records show the ship arrived in Brunswick Saturday evening from Jacksonville, Fla.

Those who were rescued were offered assistance by the International Seafarers' Center in Brunswick, Georgia, according to the center's director Vicki West.

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They are communicating with the trapped sailors through the hole they drilled, but getting them out poses hard technical challenges, Heflin said. "Conditions unknown. Response crews will drill a hole to deliver supplies".

Volunteers from her organization served them lunch and helped those who wanted to attend Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. "They were really exhausted when they came out".

"All crew members are accounted for", Coast Guard Southeast wrote on Twitter. But fire and concerns about instability, slowed efforts to go after the remaining four.

VanderWeit said the Coast Guard continues to search around the vessel.

Rescue crews had been working since Sunday to locate the missing crew members after the Golden Ray became disabled and eventually overturned in St. Simons Sound, about 80 miles south of Savannah, Ga. Then they set up a tent on the hull and began cutting through the steel to extract the men after deciding they could safely slice open the ship. The third was weak from fatigue and was brought up on a stretcher. They exited via various parts of the vessel, which posed a challenge in getting them off the ship.

He had been trapped behind glass in a control room, officials said.

Wearing respirators in the stifling heat, rescuers made several unsuccessful attempts to free the crewman.

"Knowing that the people were alive made all the difference", said Reed.

"That is wonderful. The best day of my career because you guys did that".

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