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Ship owner thanks all for rescue of crew members

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — The Latest on an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia (all times local):

8 p.m.

The South Korean company that owns the cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia says it’s grateful to everyone involved in the rescue of four crew members.

In a statement, Hyundai Glovis Co. Ltd. said the rescue of the crew members Monday was “deeply appreciated.”

The statement added that the company’s staff is also “fully engaged” with agencies that are focused on limiting any damage to the environment.

The Golden Ray flipped on its side and caught fire Sunday as it left Brunswick, Georgia, with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

Three crew members were rescued from one room. The fourth was in a separate compartment. All were rescued Monday.

All four were described as alert and in relatively good condition. They were taken to a hospital for further evaluation.

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6:10 p.m.

The fourth and last crew member trapped inside a capsized cargo ship off the coast of Georgia has been rescued.

Coast Guard Lt. Lloyd Heflin told The Associated Press in a text message that the South Korean crew member was rescued just before 6 p.m. Monday.

He says the crew member appears to be in good medical condition but is being evaluated.

Three other crew members were rescued earlier Monday from the Golden Ray.

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4 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have rescued three of four crew members from an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia, but they’re still working on a plan to rescue a fourth crew member trapped on another deck.

Capt. John Reed says at least two of the South Korean men who were extracted from a hole drilled in the hull of Golden Ray were able to walk with assistance down to a waiting boat. All three are being examined by medical personnel.

Reed says the three men have seen the fourth person, who is trapped behind glass in the ship’s engineering compartment. He says marine engineers are working on a plan to get him out.

The rescue came 36 hours after the Golden Ray flipped onto its side and caught fire Sunday as it left Brunswick, Georgia, with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

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3:15 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued two of four trapped crew members from an overturned cargo ship off the coast of Georgia.

Lt. Lloyd Heflin tells The Associated Press in a text message that two men have been extracted and rescuers are working on extracting a third.

Heflin said the four South Koreans who were trapped aboard the Golden Ray are in the propeller shaft room near the stern of the ship and that rescuers cut into the hull there to pull them out.

Responders made contact with crew members Monday morning, more than 24 hours after the vehicle carrier overturned while leaving a port call in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Golden Ray flipped onto its side and caught fire Sunday as it left Brunswick with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

1:20 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it’s developing a plan to extract four South Korean crew members trapped inside a cargo ship turned on its side off the coast of Georgia.

Coast Guard Southeast says on Twitter that “this is a slow, but safe process” and that rescuers will deliver supplies through a hole drilled in the upturned hull of the Golden Ray.

Lt. Lloyd Heflin told The Associated Press that responders made contact with crew members Monday morning, more than 24 hours after the vehicle carrier overturned while leaving a port call in Brunswick, Georgia.

The Golden Ray flipped onto its side and caught fire Sunday as it left Brunswick with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has said the four crew members were in the engine room of the ship.

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11 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers have drilled through the hull of an overturned cargo ship and made contact with four missing crew members stuck inside.

Lt. Lloyd Heflin tells The Associated Press that the contact came Monday morning after rescuers rappelled down the side of the ship.

Heflin says “the early indication is they are on board and OK.”

He says the initial rescue team has faced a language barrier in communicating with the South Korean crew members. Heflin says rescuers are trying to figure out the safest way of getting them out.

The Golden Ray flipped onto its side and caught fire Sunday as it left the Port of Brunswick with more than 4,000 vehicles inside.

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10:20 a.m.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry says four crew members are in the engine room of their overturned cargo ship awaiting help from a U.S. Coast Guard rescue team.

The foreign ministry’s statement also says the fire that prevented a rescue attempt is now extinguished. Coast Guard Lt. Kit Pace said Monday that rescuers have been able to board the ship.

The statement says 10 South Koreans, 13 Filipinos were on board, along with a U.S. harbor pilot, when the Golden Ray began tilting over in the shipping channel. The Hyundai Glovis company uses Georgia’s Port of Brunswick to ship Kia and Hyundai vehicles along with other cars.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 20 people but the fire and the instability of the overturned vessel kept them from venturing deep inside.

The ministry statement said some of the missing South Koreans “apparently tapped back three times” after Coast Guard staff tapped on the hull. A Coast Guard spokesman told The Associated Press on Monday that rescuers heard noises but can’t confirm they were signs of life without getting inside the overturned ship.

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9:55 a.m.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter has landed on the side of an overturned cargo ship off the Georgia coast, as the search for four missing crew members continues.

The helicopter landed around 9 a.m. Monday on the hull of the Golden Ray, which rolled over Sunday in St. Simons Sound as it left the Port of Brunswick with a load of vehicles headed for Baltimore.

Petty Officer 3rd class Ryan Dickinson told The Associated Press on Monday that rescuers heard noises but can’t confirm that they’re signs of life without going inside.

The Coast Guard and others rescued 20 people from the ship early Sunday before fires and unstable cargo made it too risky to go inside.

The ship is owned by South Korean firm Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others.

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8:15 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers have heard noises from inside a cargo ship where four crew members are unaccounted for after their huge vessel overturned and caught fire off Georgia’s coast.

Petty Officer 3rd class Ryan Dickinson told The Associated Press on Monday that rescuers heard noises but can’t confirm that they’re signs of life without going inside.

The flames and smoke have prevented rescuers from safely penetrating the unstable vessel.

The Golden Ray rolled over early Sunday in St. Simons Sound as it left the Port of Brunswick with a load of cars for Baltimore.

Coast Guard Capt. John Reed said 20 people were evacuated before the fires and unstable cargo made it too risky to go inside.

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