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4 Missing After Golden Ray Cargo Ship Overturns Near Georgia Port

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are looking for four crew members who are unaccounted for after a vessel overturned near a Georgia port.

The Golden Ray cargo ship ran into trouble early Sunday when it listed heavily in St. Simon Sound.

The Coast Guard says 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. The Coast Guard says it was notified by a 911 call at about 2 a.m. of a capsized vessel in the sound. The cause is under investigation.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Golden Ray cargo ship lists to one side near a port on the Georgia coast,



In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Golden Ray cargo ship lists to one side near a port on the Georgia coast, early Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

The Port of Brunswick has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within a half mile of the Golden Ray, which is lying on its side and on fire.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson says it is not known if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch. Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

Dickinson said it was not immediately known whether there were any injuries on board.

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