A rescue team has heard noises from inside a cargo ship where four crew members are missing after their huge vessel overturned and caught fire, but the flames and smoke have so far prevented the rescuers from safely penetrating the unstable vessel, the US Coast Guard said Monday September 9th, AP has reported.
"They heard noises, but we can't confirm that it's signs of life," Petty Officer third class Ryan Dickinson told AP on Monday morning. "We can't confirm that without going in and looking, but they did hear sounds."
A Coast Guard helicopter was able to land on the side of the ship on Monday as part of the rescue effort.
Cargo ship the Golden Ray listed heavily and then rolled over on its side early Sunday in St Simons Sound, Georgia, as it left the Port of Brunswick with a pilot and 23 crew members, bound for Baltimore with a load of cars.
Coast Guard Captain John Reed said 20 were safely evacuated from the ship before rescuers decided the smoke and flames and unstable cargo made it too risky to venture further inside.
The 200-metre vehicle carrier is now stuck in the shipping channel, its hull exposed and its deck empty, in view of beachgoers on the shoreline.
The Coast Guard said it was notified of the capsized vessel by a 911 call at about 2am on Sunday September 8th.
The cause of the sinking remains under investigation. Dickinson said it is not clear if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch.
Hurricane Dorian was already well beyond the Georgia coast, which it blew past last week before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.