Responders attach the main hoists of the VB-10000 to custom designed lifting lugs as they prepare to cut Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
Responders maneuver boom in formations designed to mitigate any pollution threats found beyond the Environmental Protection Barrier. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
Current Busters, high-speed containment and recovery systems designed to separate and collect any oil from water, in position at the apex of the Environmental Protection Barrier. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
Anchor chain attached to the pulley system on the VB-10000 heavy-lift vessel moves slowly to cut through Section One of the Golden Ray wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.
The 150-yard safety zone around the Environmental Protection Barrier is increased to 200 yards for recreational vessels. The UC advises mariners to steer clear of the perimeter. Officials prohibit any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the wrecksite. 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.
For a series of videos detailing each aspect of the response, please go to www.stsimonssoundincidentresponse.com/subject-matter-expert-videos.