SEOUL, Sep 9, 2019, Yonhap. Operations are under way to rescue four South Koreans believed to be trapped inside a ship that accidentally tilted sideways off the east coast of the United States, Seoul’s foreign ministry has said, reported the Yonhap.
The four South Koreans are presumed to be caught in the engine room of the Golden Ray, a car transport vessel of Hyundai Glovis Co., a logistics unit of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group.
Of the total 24 crew members, 20 people have been rescued, the ministry said. The rescued comprise six South Koreans, 13 Filipinos and one American.
The 71,178-ton, Marshall Islands-flagged ship was tilting on the portside at an angle of about 80 degrees in waters 1.6 kilometers away from a port in Brunswick, Georgia, on Sunday (local time). It was reportedly carrying 4,000 cars at the time of the accident.
The U.S. Coast Guard, which is currently spearheading the rescue operations, has not yet verified the exact cause of the incident. It plans to investigate the tilting after the rescue operations are complete, the ministry said.
The rescue team plans to enter the ship once the work to stabilize the vessel is over.
The ministries of foreign affairs and defense and related agencies held a meeting in Seoul to discuss the dispatch of a rapid response team to the scene among other issues.
“I direct all related agencies to make the best efforts to search for the missing,” said Deputy Foreign Minister for Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Lee Sang-jin, who presided over the meeting.
By Song Sang-ho