Coast Guard: Removing overturned ship could take months

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Rescuers work near the stern of the vessel Golden Ray as it lays on its side near the Moran tug boat Dorothy Moran, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Jekyll Island, Ga. Coast Guard rescuers have made contact with four South Korean crew members trapped inside the massive cargo ship off the coast of Georgia. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND (AP) – A Coast Guard officer says it could take “weeks, if not months” to remove a cargo ship that overturned while heading to sea from a port on the Georgia coast.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Norm Witt told news reporters Tuesday that marine salvage experts are working on a plan to remove the 656-foot long Golden Ray from St. Simons Sound near the Port of Brunswick. When asked how that would be done, he said: “We don’t have all the answers right now.”

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

He also said some oil sheen has been spotted but “right now it’s limited in scope.”

The Golden Ray capsized in the sound early Sunday while carrying more than 4,000 vehicles. The cause isn’t known. All 24 people aboard the cargo ship were rescued.

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