Twenty-four crew members of a South Korean cargo ship capsized and caught fire in the United States have been rescued

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 Twenty-four crew members of a South Korean cargo ship capsized and caught fire in the United States have been rescued


BEIJING, Sept. 10, according to foreign media reports, on Sept. 9, local time, the U.S. Coast Guard said that rescue workers successfully rescued the last four South Korean crew trapped on the South Korean Golden Ray cargo ship. On the 8th, the cargo ship capsized and caught fire outside Blanswick Harbor, Georgia, USA.

A cargo ship capsized in St. Simmons Bay, Georgia, on September 8, local time. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, there are 24 people on board, including 23 crew members and one pilot.

It is reported that the large cargo ship Golden Light overturned and caught fire early on the 8th morning local time. There were 23 crew members and one pilot on board, 20 of whom were rescued earlier and the remaining four crew members were trapped in the cargo ship.

Later, rescue workers slowly cut a hole in the thick hull, first fed food and drinking water to the trapped crew, and then rescued them one by one. The last person came out at about 6 p.m. local time on the 9th. According to a Twitter film released by the U.S. Coast Guard, he was able to stand on the hull with the help of rescue workers.

Reported that the last rescued crew member was trapped behind the glass partition of the engine room alone. During the 35 hours of rescue operation, he was the only one who did not receive any food and water supplies.

Because of the fire, the temperature outside the ship was 49 degrees Celsius, Coast Guard Captain Reid told reporters that he believed the temperature inside the ship was higher. At present, all the rescued crew members have been taken to hospital.

It is reported that the Golden Ray is a cargo ship registered in Korea. It had an accident before it was ready to sail to Baltimore. It has not polluted since it overturned. However, the port of Blanswick has been closed. No ships are allowed to enter or leave the port, and no ships are allowed to approach the Golden Ray within half a mile. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, action has now shifted to environmental protection and the removal of cargo ships.

Blanswick Harbour is one of the busiest vehicle transport ports in the United States. In fiscal year 2019, as of June 30, nearly 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery were loaded and unloaded at the harbour terminal.

According to Korean media, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea held a countermeasure meeting on the overturning accident of a transport ship in the United States on the morning of 9 th local time, and decided to send a working group to the scene to start emergency work. Some of the working group members left for the United States in the afternoon of the same day.

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