ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia (AP) – The last piece of a freighter that capsized two years ago along the Georgian coast is waiting to be removed from the water.
Salvage crews have been working since November to cut the South Korean freighter Golden Ray into eight giant pieces and remove them one at a time from the waters off St. Simons Island. The ship overturned with 4,200 cars in its cargo decks after leaving the port of Brunswick on September 8, 2019.
The multi-agency command overseeing the demolition said in a press release Monday that the seventh segment of the ship had been loaded onto a barge over the weekend and moved to a local dock. Only a final section of the wreckage remains partially submerged in water.
There is still a lot of work to do even after the big chunks have all been removed from St. Simons Strait. Some of the large segments need to be broken down further locally before they can be barged to a scrapyard in Louisiana.
Meanwhile, crews will need to salvage cars and other debris that fell into the water as the Golden Ray was carved into giant pieces by a towering crane that used an anchor chain to tear through the wreckage like a dull saw. .