Cargo Ship

Shasta Orozco, Writer

This week’s article is going to be about how four crew members were trapped on a cargo ship. This ship was off of Georgia’s Coast and was funded on Tuesday. This rescue effort was very empowering because they saved the four men and sacrificed there life’s. In order to save the four men they needed to cut a hole in the ship’s hull so they could insert a camera. The hole was widened to provide the trapped men food and water. Then they began connecting a series of 3-inch holes until they made a hole large enough to rescue the men off the boat.

The cargo ship had caught on fire and but the fire on board, as well as the instability of the Golden Ray’s cargo, made conditions too risky for additional rescue missions. They had to shift the  focus to environmental protection and working salvage crews to remove the people. Currently no leaks from the vessel, only a light residual sheen. Protective measures were put in to place after the initial rescue. The ship had 10 South Korean and 13 Filipino crew members and an American pilot, the Associated Press reported, citing South Korea’s Foreign Ministry. They spent 35 hours trapped amid temperatures that Reed said were a lot hotter than the 120-plus degrees teams experienced outside the vessel, which was smoking and had visible flames as rescuers arrived. Two were able to crawl out of the ship onto a boat.

Everybody risked a lot to rescue the people that where trapped in the cargo ship. The temperature’s where also very high and there life’s where at risk. Complicating matters was the lack of power aboard the ship and its maze of compartments and watertight doors. A language barrier made it difficult for the initial rescue team to communicate with the trapped crew members, Heflin told the AP. But Reed said Monday afternoon that an engineer was able to speak with them in Korean. They risked a lot but still saved people’s life.