Flames engulf cargo ship’s remains off US coast; no injuries

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In this photo provided by the Altamaha Riverkeeper, smoke pours from the remnants of the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray on Friday, May 14, 2021, off St. Simons Island, Ga. Crews have spent months dismantling the ship in gigantic chunks after it overturned in September 2019. (Susan Inman/Altamaha Riverkeeper via AP)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A fire is burning inside the remains of an overturned cargo ship being dismantled along the Georgia coast.

Sue Inman of the Altamaha Riverkeeper conservation group told The Associated Press she could see flames shooting from the open ends and the top of the Golden Ray on Friday afternoon as she watched from 300 yards away.

She said hoses from a crane being used to dismantle the ship could be seen spraying water on the fire.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes says there have been no injuries and all demolition crew members were safely evacuated.

Himes says the fire began Friday afternoon as workers were using cutting torches during their ongoing efforts to dismantle the ship.

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