Four crew members found alive in capsized cargo ship off United States coast

Coast Guard crews and port partners respond to a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board Sunday Sept. 8 2019 in St. Simons Sound Ga

The Coast Guard discharged video of a rescue crew remaining on the colossal bottom of the overturned vessel getting ready to enter the ship.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: Thank you, guys. Two were able to walk, Capt Reed said, but he did not comment on the third's condition.

The crew members are Filipino and South Korean, she said, and were provided with bags of hygiene items, socks, games and Bibles. Phillip VanderWeit said earlier in the day.

Bags with hygiene items, socks, toothpaste, and games, some of which were donated to the center by the community, were also given to the crew members as they recovered from their harrowing night.

A pilot and 23 crew were aboard the Golden Ray when it overturned in St Simons Sound on Sunday (local time).

The four have been transported to area hospitals. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson said it isn't clear if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch.

The Coast Guard's Seventh District said in a Twitter post that it and salvage crews "are developing an extraction plan...."

Overnight, rescue workers heard tapping sounds coming from inside the ship, near the propeller, CNN reported.

Rescuers were using a hole they drilled into the hull of the massive carrier to provide the sailors with fresh air, and drinking water also are being sent to them through it, a Coast Guard official told ABC-TV.

VanderWeit told CNN help arrived almost two hours after the first calls came through.

A statement issued Monday by the South Korea foreign ministry said 10 South Koreans and 13 Filipinos had been on board, along with a U.S. harbour pilot, when the ship began tilting.

Twenty members of the crew were rescued around 5am. Phillip VanderWeit said some of those rescued were either hoisted to safety by helicopter or lowered by fire hose into boats.

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In the hours immediately after the accident, the Coast Guard lifted 20 crew members into helicopters before determining that smoke and flames and unstable cargo made it too risky to venture further inside the vessel.

"All crew members are accounted for", the Coast Guard tweeted minutes before 6 p.m. ET. The Golden Ray was sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands and weighed 71,178 tons, the ministry said.

Reed said authorities are still working to address ongoing threats to the environment and the Port of Brunswick near the overturned ship.

The trapped sailors "had the bare minimum in terms of supplies" before they were rescued, Clayton said.

He said he didn't know how long the Brunswick port will remain closed, but removing the Golden Ray "is something that will take weeks to do".

Officials say the other 20 people on board have been rescued, and that the crew mostly comprised Philippine and South Korean nationals.

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

The 71,178-ton vessel, transporting around 4,000 vehicles, had been heading to Baltimore when it listed and keeled over in St. Simons Sound shortly after departing from the port where it had unloaded and reloaded cargo.

Scott Cornell, the COO of Glovis America, a subsidiary of Hyundai Glovis, told CNN the company follows worldwide maritime regulations on properly securing its cargo during transport.

"There were no extreme circumstances that lead us to believe that our proper handling methods weren't abided to", he said.

Meanwhile, Witt says the Coast Guard is trying to reopen the port to limited commercial traffic by Thursday - though he called that timeline "aggressive".

The vessel is owned by Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others.

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