Cargo ship in Georgia: Three more crew members rescued from overturned ship off St. Simons Island, Coast Guard says – live updates – CBS News
Fire and ship’s stability complicated rescue efforts
Rescue efforts broke off Sunday after responders determined a fire aboard the ship made it too dangerous to go inside. They were also concerned about the stability of the ship, which was carrying 4,000 automobiles, some of which may have broken loose.
The flames were extinguished, but the huge ship was listing at nearly 90 degrees. Rescuers tried to communicate with the South Korean crew about possible hazards inside, but said there was an initial language barrier, said Lieutenant Lloyd Heflin, who’s coordinating the rescue.
Some rescuers worked from a tent set up on the deck of a tugboat off the ship’s stern, while smaller boats and helicopters buzzed around. Onshore, crowds gathered to watch the Coast Guard operation.
“To see it on its side, it was just so big, so surprising, and there’s just a huge crowd down here,” a woman told CBS affiliate WJAX-TV Sunday.