BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Wreck removal personnel began cycling the cutting chain back into the groove to separate Section Three of the Golden Ray from the remaining wreck on Thursday. Inspection and maintenance checks of the cutting apparatus and cutting chain will continue as a part of routine chain cycling operations. Cutting operations will be continuously monitored and evaluated by engineers and the on-site salvage master. Assessments of the wreck’s topside and lifting lugs will continue throughout the wreck removal process.
The 150-yard safety zone around the EPB is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC advises mariners to please steer clear of the perimeter to ensure the safety of our responders and the public. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs) around the wreck site and near response facilities is discouraged due to safety. UAVs are distractions that can lead to near misses, mishaps and injuries. Responders will report any sightings of drones and drone operators to local authorities.
The St. Simons Sound Incident Unified Command is the official source of information for the motor vessel Golden Ray response operations.