Preparations on Section Eight, the stern of the Golden Ray, continue

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Response divers are drilling additional drainage holes at strategic locations along the stern to maintain stability and even distribution of weight when lifting Section Eight. The VB-10000 will move into position for final mooring and rigging over Section Eight when dive operations are complete. Pollution monitoring and mitigation continues on the water and at the shoreline.

The vessel WINNIE holds a defensive position outside the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB) during routine on-water pollution mitigation operations. The response directs a flotilla of up to 36 vessels outside the EPB to monitor and dynamically protect the environment around the Golden Ray wreck site. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Personnel clean marine growth off sections of ocean boom used around the Environmental Protection Barrier during maintenance operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Responders install additional stability sensors on top of the Golden Ray wreck. Data from the sensors allows response engineers to monitor the dynamics of the wreck in real-time. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Responder feeds out air umbilicals to a diver in the water at the Golden Ray wreck site. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.


Dive supervisor communicates with a diver in the water at the Golden Ray wreck site. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.



Responder assists the diver in removing helmet after underwater operations at the Golden Ray wreck site. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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. Any unauthorized usage of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) around the wreck site is prohibited. 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.

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