The captain of the US Coast Guard whose team led the rescue mission to rescue the four men trapped in a cargo ship has the & # 39; tragic and harrowing & # 39; conditions in the capsized ship where the temperatures reached 120F.
Capt. John Reed spoke about the & # 39; mess & # 39; after The Golden Ray turned on its side and caught fire on Sunday when it left Brunswick, Georgia, with more than 4,000 vehicles in it.
Three crew members were rescued from a room after rescuers landed on the side of the ship and the hull descended. The fourth was in a separate compartment and all were rescued by Reed & # 39; s team on Monday.
Rescuers initially struggled to reach the fourth crew member on board. The US Coast Guard said he was sitting behind glass, locked in the engine room & # 39 ;.
Reed told it Show today on Tuesday: & # 39; I'm sure it was more tragic for them inside and harrowing than what we saw on the outside, and it was great to see them come to freedom. & # 39;
He also described how three of the men were in a compartment & # 39; that was fairly dry & # 39; but that they & # 39; all had a certain amount of oil and other types of lubricants & # 39 ;.
Capt. John Reed, in the photo, has the & # 39; tragic and harrowing & # 39; circumstances in the capsized Golden Ray after he had turned on his side and caught fire on Sunday
Three of the South Korean crew members came out & # 39; noon. The fourth man, imprisoned in a separate compartment, appeared three hours later
Photos posted online by the Coast Guard showed responders clapping and cheering when the last man, wearing only shorts, climbed out of a hole in the trunk and stood up
Reed added: & # 39; So you can imagine that the ship in the rooms where it was was quite a mess.
& # 39; The last one, when it came out, was also wet and covered with oil and lubricants, but it was just a nice one. & # 39;
All four South Korean men were described as alert and in relatively good condition. They were taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
HOW THE US COAST GUARD PERFORMED THEIR CLEAR RESCUE
On Monday morning, rescuers landed on the side of the Golden Ray and walked through the hull.
Lt. Lloyd Heflin, who coordinated the search, said they found three men in a room close to the propeller shaft, at the bottom of the stern.
Responders started drilling, starting with a three-inch hole. Coast Guard officials brought the ship's chief engineer, who was rescued on Sunday, to the ship for translation and discovered that the three men were on board and OK & # 39; as Heflin put it.
Reed said rescuers gave food and water to the men through the hole.
They also provided fresh air in the propeller room, which Reed said was even hotter than outside, where the high was 93 degrees.
Responders put a tent on the hull and started drilling extra holes, eventually creating an opening large enough to place a ladder and help the men climb out.
& # 39; It was like connecting the dots, & # 39; Reed said about the hole, which grew two feet by three feet.
The fourth rescue was a bigger challenge. That crew member was behind glass in a separate technical compartment on a different deck, Reed said.
Photos from their rescue show two of the men smiling while being led to safety.
A video posted online by the Coast Guard made rescuers clap and cheer when the last man, wearing only shorts, climbed out of a hole in the trunk and stood up.
It is understood that 10 South Koreans, 13 Filipinos were on board, along with an American harbor pilot, when the Golden Ray began to tilt in the channel.
The Hyundai Glovis company uses the port of Brunswick in Georgia to ship Kia and Hyundai vehicles together with other cars.
The US Coast Guard had already saved 20 people, but the fire and instability of the overturned ship prevented them from going deep inside to save the remaining four men.
Capt. Reed said about that four Tuesday: & # 39; They were in varying degrees of elation and just very tired.
& # 39; They are being checked at the local hospitals and I have no idea how it all goes, but to see that the last crew member was released almost on his own was excellent. & # 39;
The & # 39; very difficult & # 39; rescue teams saw & # 39; come together to get 20 people off in the first few hours & # 39 ;, Reed added. He acknowledged that it was & # 39; not an easy feat in the middle of the night in a vessel lying on his side & # 39 ;.
Earlier footage released by the Coast Guard had shown how the Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew lifted 20 crew members after the ship started to ship.
The clip, taken in the early hours of Monday, is shown when two people are pulled into safety.
The South Korean company that owns the cargo ship that has tipped off the coast of Georgia says it is grateful to everyone involved in the rescue of four crew members.
Hyundai Glovis Co. said in a statement. Ltd. that the rescue of the crew members on Monday & # 39; was greatly appreciated & # 39 ;.
The statement added that the company's staff also & # 39; fully involved & # 39; is with agencies aimed at limiting any damage to the environment.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express his gratitude for the successful rescue of the men and said the news & huge relief and joy & # 39; brought to South Koreans.
The presidential Blue House said Moon also sent a letter to US Coast Guard Commander Karl Schultz and the & # 39; courage and dedication & # 39; of the coast guard members involved in the rescue.
Rescue workers tried to find the safest way to save the crew
The last member of a four-man crew aboard the Golden Ray cargo ship was reached by rescuers on Monday. They were all trapped in the capsized barrel for more than 36 hours
The fourth crew member, in the photo, smiled when he was led away after being rescued by rescuers. Just before the statue, he looked up into the sky as he beamed
Coast guard teams and port partners respond to a toppled cargo ship with a fire aboard Sunday in St. Simons Sound. Flames and smoke had prevented rescuers from safely entering the unstable ship, but the four missing crew members have now been found alive
South Korea's foreign ministry had said in a statement on Monday that some of the missing South Koreans apparently tapped three times back & # 39; after coast guard personnel tapped the trunk.
Reed said Tuesday: & # 39; Earlier in the day on Sunday morning we didn't get any tapbacks, but that crew was smart enough to find their way to actually tap the hull. & # 39;
& # 39; It really came down to managing risk & # 39; s. There is always a risk in the things we do, and you know, we had to balance that risk, and that operation continues as they strive to mitigate the environmental impact of this event and straighten the ship. & # 39;
The cause of capsizing is still being investigated. Marine Traffic shows the Golden Ray overturned when it was passed by another car carrier who entered St. Simons Sound.
The Golden Ray is now stuck in the shipping channel and closes one of the busiest American seaports for shipping cars. One ship cannot leave the port and four are still waiting in line to arrive, according to the Marine Traffic shipping site.
Port officials & # 39; worked closely with the coast guard to reopen the channel & # 39 ;, said Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch in a statement after the last man was rescued.
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