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One Person Remains Trapped Behind Glass on Capsized Ship

3 others rescued Monday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2019 4:14 PM CDT
In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a USCG helicopter hovers over an overturned cargo ship in St. Simons Sound, Ga., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019.   (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
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(Newser) – Coast Guard rescuers began pulling trapped crew members from a capsized cargo ship Monday, finding them alive more than a day after the vessel overturned while leaving a port on the Georgia coast, the AP reports. But the exhilaration of rescuing three South Korean crew members was tempered by the realization that a fourth person was still trapped behind glass in an engineering compartment on a separate deck. "The same experts who got us to where we are right now are going to find a way to extract him," Coast Guard Capt. John Reed said at a news conference in nearby Brunswick. The rescue followed nearly 36 hours of work after the Golden Ray, a giant ship that carries automobiles, rolled onto its side early Sunday as it was leaving Brunswick, bound for Baltimore.

On Monday morning, rescuers landed on the side of the Golden Ray and rappelled down the hull. Lt. Lloyd Heflin, who was coordinating the search, said they found three men in a room close to the propeller shaft, near the bottom of the stern. Responders began drilling, starting with a 3-inch hole, and passed food and water through the hole to the men. It also provided fresh air to the propeller room, which Reed said was even hotter than outside, where the high was 93 degrees. Responders set up a tent on the hull and began drilling additional holes, eventually making an opening large enough to insert a ladder and help the men climb out. The Golden Ray is now stuck in the shipping channel, closing one of the busiest US seaports for shipping automobiles. The cause of the capsizing remains under investigation.

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