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    • LNM: Special Local Regulation, St. Simons Sound, GA, near AICW Statute Mile 677


      The capsized cargo vessel is within view of the St Simons Island pier just east of the Waterway’s turn south. A half-mile safety zone has been established around the vessel. The Coast Guard has confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is closed to commercial shipping.

      SEACOAST – GEORGIA – DOBOY SOUND TO FERNANDINA – ST SIMONS SOUND: SPECIAL LOCAL REGULATION
      An emergency safety zone has been established in St Simons Sound, GA. On September 8, 2019, RORO, M/V GOLDEN RAY, was outbound from Brunswick, GA when the vessel laid over on its side. The vessel is in the channel at 31°07’39.66N/081°24’10.58W between St Simons lighthouse and the north end of Jekyll Island. The river is closed to commercial traffic unless authorized by Captain of the Port Savannah. No vessel is authorized access within .5 nautical miles of the vessel, unless engaged in emergency response. For further information, contact the United
      States Coast Guard at (912) 652-4353. VHF-FM channel 16 will also be monitored for any concerned traffic.
      Chart 11502 LNM 37/19

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

      Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound Coast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon SoundCoast Guard, salvage crews rescue remaining Golden Ray crew members in St. Simon Sound

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download the high-resolution version.

      BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Coast Guard and salvage crews extracted the remaining four Golden Ray crewmembers Monday in St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia.

      The crewmembers were transported by a Coast Guard Station Brunswick 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to Glenn County EMS for further medical evaluation.

      Salvage crews were transported by Coast Guard to the vessel at 8:22 a.m. to assess the vessel’s hull and at approximately 1 p.m., Monday, it was confirmed the remaining four crew members were still alive inside the Golden Ray and an extraction plan was developed to safely rescue them.

      Three crew members were safely extracted from the vessel at approximately 3 p.m. and the fourth and final crew member was safely extracted at 5:50 p.m.

      Coast Guard units and partner agencies involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT)
      • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
      • Moran Towing
      • SeaTow
      • Brunswick Bar Pilots Association
      • Glynn County Fire Department
      • Other response teams

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the Golden Ray, which is laid over on its side.

      The Coast Guard has shifted operations completely to environmental protection, removing the vessel safely and resuming commerce.

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      -USCG-

       

      BREAKING: 4 crew members found alive in capsized cargo ship off Georgia’s coast
      NBC NEWS

      Coast Guard, port partners conducting rescue operation for 4 aboard disabled, on fire vessel in St. Simons Sound

      CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for four crewmembers aboard a disabled cargo vessel with a fire on board Sunday morning in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia.

      Currently, 20 people have been safely removed and four people remain unaccounted for on the M/V GOLDEN RAY, a 656-foot vehicle carrier. The vessel is listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound.

      At approximately 2 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders were notified by the Glynn County 911 dispatch that the M/V GOLDEN RAY had capsized in the St. Simons Sound. The watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of multiple Coast Guard assets.

      The vessel’s master and chief engineer are assisting authorities and salvage teams to develop plans to stabilize the vessel and continue rescue efforts. The GOLDEN RAY’s crew size is 24 people; 23 crewmembers and one pilot.

      Coast Guard units involved in the response:

      • Two Coast Guard Station Brunswick Response Boat crews 
      • Two Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews
      • Coast Guard Cutter Heron launched to assist
      • Coast Guard Sector Charleston
      • Marine Safety Unit Savannah
      • Coast Guard Salvage Engineering Response Team (SERT) launched to assist

      The Port of Brunswick Captain of the Port (COTP) has established an emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within .5 miles of the M/V GOLDEN RAY, which is laid over on its side.

      Also assisting in the response are the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Moran Towing, SeaTow, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department.

      The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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      -USCG-

      At least 4 missing after cargo ship overturns and catches fire near Georgia port
      CBS NEWS

      Coast Guard rescues crew members from disabled cargo vessel in Brunswick

      Hoist Footage

      A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoists crewmembers from the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray after the vessel became disabled and started to list in the St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. The Golden Ray had 24 people on board and 20 of the 24 people have been rescued with 4 unaccounted for. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

      Golden Ray

      The Coast Guard and port partners are searching for the remaining four crew members aboard the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray, in St. Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia, Sept. 8, 2019. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews and other port partners rescued 20 people after it was reported the vessel was disabled, listing, and had a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Savannah)

      Editor’s Note: Click on images to download a high-resolution video.

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      -USCG-

      Four Missing After Car Carrier Capsizes
      Maritime Executive

      Comments from Cruisers (2)

      1. James H Newsome -  September 11, 2019 - 5:29 am

        The position indicated on this alert is not correct. The wreck is located on the other side of the channel very near Buoy G19. The best coordinates I can offer are 31°07'40.7"N 81°24'13.3"W or 31.127967, -81.403683

        As of September 10 the Brunswick Harbor/St. Simon's Range (shipping channel) is closed to commercial ships, but open for recreational boaters with instructions to stay away from the wreck by at least one half (.5) mile. There are reports that the Coast Guard may reopen the channel for ships on a restricted basis so if you enter this channel pay close attention to Coast Guard broadcast on Channel 16.

        Boaters are also asked to report the location of any oil slicks to the Coast Guard.

        Reply to James
      2. James H Newsome -  September 10, 2019 - 1:46 pm

        There has been some confusion about the exclusion zone around the capsized ship in St Simon’s Sound. I called the Coast Guard station in Brunswick for clarification. The exclusion area is one half mile. Some people on social media are confusing “.5” with five miles. “.5” is 1/2 mile and one half mile is the confirmed restricted area to avoid at this time.

        The Coast Guard also confirmed that recreational boats can pass through St. Simon’s Channel entering or leaving. The channel is still closed to shipping.
        James H. Newsome

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