Rescuers made contact with four people who were missing after a cargo ship tipped over off the coast of Georgia on Sunday morning.
“Salvage crews have have made contact with crew members in the #GoldenRay. Conditions unknown. Extraction being planned,” the Coast Guard tweeted Monday, according to USA Today.
The cargo ship rolled over on its side, which stopped all shipping traffic nearby. The United States Coast Guard rescued 20 crew members. But four people were still missing, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Petty Officer 3rd class Ryan Dickinson told The Associated Press that he heard noises from the ship. But rescuers couldn’t confirm it was a person until they drilled a hole through the hull.
There were reportedly 24 people on board the ship, including 23 crew members and one pilot. The vehicle carrier ship was carrying about 4,200 vehicles at the time of the tip-over.
The ship, called the Golden Ray, reportedly flipped around 2 a.m.
Photos of the turned-over ship circulated on social media.
The @USCGSoutheast just released these photos. We now know there's a fire aboard the Golden Ray as well. 4 crew members remain trapped on board. 20 people have been rescued @ActionNewsJax @wsbtv #ANJaxBreaking pic.twitter.com/Ps6JTz1day— Lorena Inclán (@LorenaANjax) September 8, 2019
71,000-ton GRT vehicle carrier GOLDEN RAY is in distress in St Simon Sound off Brunswick, Georgia. US #Coast Guard photos show the 200-meter-long vessel with an extreme list and an internal fire amidships. 20 rescued, 4 missing. Was en route to Baltimore https://t.co/SsfcVHD7S0 pic.twitter.com/pLZK7uQK9X— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) September 8, 2019
The vehicle carrier GOLDEN RAY apparently remains afloat off Brunswick, Georgia after losing stability in the early hours of Sunday 8 Sept. The fire burning earlier seems to have gone out but four people remain missing after the US #Coast Guard rescued 20 people from the ship pic.twitter.com/cRF4TKMYFZ— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) September 8, 2019
The ship was supposed to arrive in Baltimore on Monday night.
Authorities are still investigating what happened.
“We know there’s fuel on board and we just want to make sure it’s not a hazard to the water,” Dickinson said, according to The New York Times.
“Once salvage professionals have determined the vessel to be stable, we will identify the best option to continue our rescue efforts for the four crew members who remain onboard,” Coast Guard Capt. John Reed said at a news conference on Sunday, The Associated Press reported.