Crews complete final cut of Georgia shipwreck demolition

Georgia News

In this photo provided by the Altamaha Riverkeeper, smoke pours from the remnants of the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray on Friday, May 14, 2021, off St. Simons Island, Ga. Crews have spent months dismantling the ship in gigantic chunks after it overturned in September 2019. (Susan Inman/Altamaha Riverkeeper via AP)

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Salvage crews have finished cutting apart the last two sections of a cargo ship that overturned along the Georgia coast two years ago.

The multiagency command overseeing demolition of the South Korean freighter Golden Ray said Sunday that the final cut was completed Saturday. The separated chunks are still waiting to be removed by barge.

The Golden Ray capsized soon after leaving the Port of Brunswick with 4,200 vehicles in its cargo decks on Sept. 8, 2019. Crews spent the past 10 months using a length of anchor chain powered by a towering crane to saw the shipwreck into eight giant chunks.

Even after the last big pieces are gone, there’s still extensive cleanup to do of debris that fell into the water.

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