Fire breaks out on The Golden Ray, a capsized cargo ship near the Georgia coast

Black smoke billowed out of The Golden Ray on Friday and was being extinguished by crews Saturday morning.

For those unfamiliar with the saga of The Golden Ray, it is a cargo ship that capsized off the coast of Georgia in 2019, and has been occupying space in the St. Simons Sound since then.

According to Michael Hames, spokesman for St. Simons Sound Incident Response, there were no detections of hazardous particulate matter during our air monitoring efforts before, during or after the fire. 

“Our safety personnel use handheld air monitors and collect thousands of measurements daily throughout communities around the sound,” Hames said.

The group says pollution mitigation personnel will continue their routine 24-hour watch around the wreck site closely monitoring for any potential debris or oil impacts. Safety personnel continue to conduct mobile air monitoring on the water and at sensitive areas in the community. The response environmental unit will conduct additional water sampling to measure for any impacts to water quality.

Pictures of the fire are below.

The cargo ship was carrying more than 4,200 vehicles. Efforts to salvage the vehicles from the ship have only salvaged 1,000 vehicles.

CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect correct information about air monitoring during the fire.

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