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Breaking News Coming In Off The East Coast Of Georgia, Coast Guard Reports 4 Missing As Ship Catches Fire, Lists

Speculation, Analysis and Opinion From Dean James at Right Wing Tribune – GEORGIA – Four crew members are still unaccounted for after a large cargo ship overturned and caught fire near a major port in Georgia early Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard’s Seventh District said on Twitter that it was joined by local agencies with “multiple rescue assets” on the scene after the Golden Ray cargo vessel was “listing heavily” near St. Simons Sound in Brunswick, Ga.

“#Update Evacuations of the Golden Ray’s crew continue. All vessel traffic in the Port of Brunswick is currently suspended unless approved by the

Captain of the Port. #HappeningNow”

“Air Station Savannah helicopter crew and port partners rescued 20 people early this morning after the Golden Ray, a 656-foot vehicle carrier, was reported disabled and listing. 4 crew members are still unaccounted for. Video available here:

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The Coast Guard said there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board. All but four crew members have been safely evacuated from the ship, a 656-foot vehicle carrier.

“A damage assessment team from the @USCG Atlantic Strike Team prepares to depart from  Station Brunswick. The team is assessing the impacts of the Golden Ray and are just one of many specialized teams working diligently in the complex response.”

Fox News reports:

“We’re still conducting rescue operations. They continue to do what they can,” Coard Guard Lt. Llyod Heflin said at a Sunday afternoon news conference. “It is a complex situation.”

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The ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned to its side early Sunday.  The Coast Guard said it was notified by a 911 call at about 2 a.m. of a capsized vessel in the sound….

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