USCG rescues remaining three crewmen from car carrier off Georgia
TWENTY-THREE crewmen and the pilot of the Hyundai Glovis car carrier have all been rescued after the ship capsized leaving Georgia's Port of Brunswick, reported American Shipper
TWENTY-THREE crewmen and the pilot of the Hyundai Glovis car carrier have all been rescued after the ship capsized leaving Georgia's Port of Brunswick, reported American Shipper.
Four crewmen who were trapped inside the capsized 20,995-dwt Marshall Islands-flagged car carrier Golden Ray were extracted from the ship.
'We have outstanding news to report this afternoon,' said US Coast Guard Capt John Reed after television showed footage of the third crew member extracted from the ship and taken to hospital.
Two other members able to crawl through a two by three foot hole that had been cut into the hull near the prop and walk onto a boat. They too were being transported to a hospital for evaluation. Nineteen crew members and the ship's pilot had been rescued in the first 10 hours after the ship had grounded at about 2am on September 8 as it was leaving Brunswick.
Capt Reed said the last remaining crewman had been located, but was on a different deck in a glass-enclosed engineering control room. Within a couple of hours, he also had been rescued.
The condition of the four men was 'relatively good for having spent 34 to 35 hours in the conditions they were in,' said Capt Reed. Extreme heat was an issue inside and outside the ship.
Temperatures were as hot as 120 degrees as the sun beat down on the upturned hull where rescue workers labored to free the men inside.
Donjon-Smit, a joint venture of Donjon Marine Co. and SMIT Internationale, is developing a salvage plan for the ship, and is sending vessels to Brunswick.
A UK Marine Accident Investigation Board looking into the 2015 grounding of the Hoegh Osaka warned that too little attention was being paid to the issues of stability by operators of roll-on, roll-off ships, particularly pure car carriers (PCCs) and pure car-truck carriers (PCTCs).
'What is a fundamental principle of seamanship appears to have been allowed to drift, giving rise to potential unsafe practices,' that report said.