Overturned cargo ship Golden Ray reignites, fire quickly put out

A car caught fire inside the overturned cargo ship in St. Simons Sound.

ST. SIMONS SOUND, Ga. — An cargo ship that’s still in the process of being removed from St. Simons Sound months after it overturned was showing smoke Sunday morning.

The Altamaha Riverkeeper said the Golden Ray was showing smoke and fire reignited, but was quickly put out.

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SSI Response that T&T Salvage LLC was doing some welding work on the ship on Sunday when a piece of hot metal dropped and caught at least one vehicle inside the ship on fire.

The T&T Salvage Fire Rescue team quickly responded and was able to put out the fire and they will continue to monitor the spot throughout the day.

Looking back:

In September, the cargo vessel, which is 656 feet long and 106 feet wide, flipped on its side off St. Simons Island.

A total of 24 people were rescued from the ship. Four of those crew members were trapped for several days. The Coast Guard found the men’s location by tapping along the outside of the ship and waiting to hear if the men could tap back.

In November, Action News Jax learned that the best estimate for removing the Golden Ray from the St. Simons Sound is by the end of 2020.

The Altamaha Riverkeeper is tracking the oil spill damage in the area due to the Golden Ray. Click here to view it or see the map below: