Responders resume cutting operations

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders resume cutting operations to separate Section Seven from the Golden Ray wreck.

A joining link connecting the cutting chain to the pulley system failed Wednesday causing the chain to fall into the cutting groove on the topside of the Golden Ray wreck. No personnel were injured during the failure and no additional equipment was damaged. Cutting operations resumed Thursday once technicians retrieved the chain and reattached it to the cutting apparatus. Response engineers estimate that 50% of cutting operations have been completed for Section Seven. Divers continue to drill drainage holes along Section Two.

Cutting operations to separate Section Seven from the Golden Ray wreck continue Thursday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

The cutting apparatus shackle hangs below the block after the attached joining link failed during cutting operations Wednesday. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

An example of the type of joining link used to attach the cutting chain to the cutting apparatus. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders retrieve the cutting chain and hoist it to the deck of the VB-10000 for inspection and reconnection to the cutting apparatus shackle. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A dry dock barge assisted by the Tug Crosby Star arrives in St. Simons Sound en route to a response staging site on the East River in Brunswick, Ga. This is the second of four dry dock barges to be used to stow and transit Sections Three, Four, Five and Six of the Golden Ray wreck. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

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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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