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Golden Ray: Seawater getting used to place out hearth on a cargo ship wreckage off the Georgia coast

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The wreckage of the 656-foot Golden Ray caught hearth simply after lunchtime throughout chopping operations and unfold to a few of the automobiles remaining on what’s left of the ship, Coast Guard Cmdr. Efren Lopez mentioned in a information convention.

The fireplace is positioned on the highest decks, Lopez mentioned.

Seawater is getting used to place out the hearth as a substitute of chemical compounds, he mentioned, minimizing any environmental issues.

The Coast Guard is also monitoring air high quality across the vessel and has not seen something that might trigger concern, Lopez mentioned.

As soon as the hearth is put out, an evaluation will probably be executed to see how the hearth began, he mentioned.

Responders had been conducting pre-cutting operations and actively utilizing fire-suppression programs as a preventative measure when the hearth started, Lopez mentioned, including that the Coast Guard anticipated fires breaking out as staff started work on chopping the wreckage.

No accidents had been reported, Lopez mentioned. Nonessential crew members had been evacuated from the VB-10,000, the 255-foot-tall crane vessel that does the chopping and lifting of the wreckage, Lopez mentioned.

The cargo ship, carrying greater than 4,000 automobiles, capsized on September 8, 2019, in St. Simons Sound close to Jekyll Island. 4 crew members trapped within the wreckage after the ship capsized had been rescued.
The wreckage has remained within the water ever since then. The Coast Guard and different businesses developed a plan to take away the wreckage, which started in earnest in November 2020 after delays because of the coronavirus pandemic and final summer season’s lively hurricane season.
The removing plan requires the ship to be minimize into eight large items with an enormous diamond-cutting chain suspended from the VB-10,000.
Up to now, 4 sections have been eliminated, the most recent being the ship’s engine part, which was eliminated on Could 8.

The VB-10,000 vessel doing the chopping includes two steel towers, about 240 ft tall, every linked to a barge and to one another on the prime. A crane will take away the sections after they’ve brackets connected to the aspect, the vessel will transfer, and the crane will put every part on a barge, which can take them to a recycling facility in Louisiana.

CNN’s Jamiel Lynch contributed to this report.

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