Fire and ship stability complicate the rescue effort.
The rescue efforts were halted on Sunday after the forces discovered that a fire on the ship was too dangerous within. They were also concerned about the ship's stability, which carried 4,000 cars, some of which may have broken out.
The flames were extinguished, but the huge ship tilted at almost 90 degrees. "It will take a while," said Heflin. "We're still working on the problem to find out how safest it is."
The rescuers tried to talk to the South Korean occupation about potential dangers inside, but said there was an initial language barrier, Heflin said. The Coast Guard said she would try to supply supplies through the communication hole or another hole. Some rescuers worked from a tent set up on the deck of a tugboat from the stern of the ship, while smaller boats and helicopters buzzed around. On land crowds gathered to watch the Coast Guard operation.
"To see them on the page, it was just so big, so surprising, and down here is just a huge crowd," said a woman to CBS partner WJAX-TV on Sunday
20 were rescued on Sunday
The 656-foot vehicle carrier stuck in Georgian St. Simons Sound and shut down one of the busiest US seaports for shipping motor vehicles. A statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry on Monday said that the crew members were isolated in a machine room.
Ten South Koreans and 13 Filipinos had been aboard with a US port pilot when the ship began to tip over. In the hours immediately following the accident, the Coast Guard lifted 20 crew members by helicopter before realizing that it was too risky to venture further inside.
Position records for the Golden Ray show that the ship arrived on the Saturday night after making the short in the port of Braunschweig sailing from an earlier stop in Jacksonville, Florida. The ship then left the dock in Braunschweig shortly after midnight and was only 23 minutes on the road, before its movement came to a standstill in the mouth of the harbor, where it capsized, as evidenced by satellite data from the naval tracking site Marine Traffic.
The cause of the capsizing in investigation
The Coast Guard said it was notified by emergency call at 2 am on Sunday about the capsized ship. The cause of the capsizing is still under investigation.
Marine Traffic shows how the Golden Ray was overturned when another car carrier entered St. Simon's Sound. At the time, the sky was clear and the weather calm, with a south breeze of only 5 miles per hour, according to National Weather Service records.
Many of the rescued were taken to the International Maritime Center in Braunschweig. Sailors arrived only with what they carried in the rescue.
Rescued sailors "in a relatively good mood"
A restaurant donated a meal and the volunteer center provided the sailors with clothing, toiletries and Bibles. A priest held a seamen's mass on Sunday afternoon before being taken to a hotel.
"They were all in relatively good spirits," said Vicki West, the executive director of the center. "We're just doing everything we can to keep your little respite going."
The ship's canal was closed to shipping, with a safety zone of half a mile around the Golden Ray in the sound. The ship belongs to Hyundai Glovis, which carries cars for the automakers Hyundai and Kia as well as others.
Nearly 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery moved across the docks from Brunswick Authority in fiscal year 2019, which ended on June 30.