Ship filled with Hyundai-Kia cars capsizes off Georgia coast
The US Coast Guard rescued four trapped crew members.
A car-carrier ship has capsized off the Georgia coast, requiring a US Coast Guard rescue for trapped crew members and presumably totaling thousands of cars bound for foreign markets.
The 656-foot Golden Ray was reported to be listing heavily Sunday morning in the St. Simons Sound off the Port of Brunswick, one of the top US ports for roll-on/roll-off car-carrier ships.
Photos released by the Coast Guard show the massive ship completely tipped on its side, exposing the propeller and rudder. Most of the crew quickly abandoned ship, except for four men who were extracted on Monday afternoon via a hole cut into the ship's hull.
The vessel is said to have been loaded with around 4,000 vehicles, mostly from Hyundai and Kia, according to Reuters. After spending days lashed to the decks at a 90-degree angle, the cars will likely be written off even if the cargo holds have remained dry.
Salvage crews are now tasked with recovering the vessel while minimizing the chance of fuel leaks. The US Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board have launched investigations to determine the cause of the accident, which involved a ship that was just two years old.