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Response Continues while VB-10000 Undergoes Maintenance

BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Responders are carrying out maintenance on the cutting apparatus while weight-shedding and pre-cutting operations for subsequent sections continue.

Removal Update

The VB-10000 was repositioned over the Barge MB1710 to facilitate maintenance of the cutting apparatus, including wire replacement in the rigging system. The maintenance operations, once completed, will ensure the safe removal of Section Seven.

Responders have removed 87 vehicles from Section Two during weight-shedding operations. Divers continue to extend pre-cut grooves along the cutlines for subsequent sections.

Responders conduct maintenance on the cutting apparatus with the Barge MB1710 in between the pontoons of the VB-10000. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders use a Fuchs MHL390 with a multi-tine attachment to remove vehicles from Section Two during Weight-Shedding operations. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

A diver exits the water during subsurface operations around the Golden Ray wreck. Response divers are technical experts for a variety of subsurface operations from surveys and inspections to cutting and welding. 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.

Environmental Update

A shoreline assessment team patrols Jekyll Island for debris and collects any foreign material encountered. St. Simons Sound Incident response photo.

Responders continue to conduct regular shoreline assessments to find and remove any debris or other environmental impacts. If you encounter what you believe is debris from the Golden Ray wreck, please do not handle the debris. Call the Debris Reporting Hotline at (912) 944-5620. Responders evaluate each report, survey the vicinity and recover any shipwreck debris in addition to their daily surveys of the water and the shoreline. If you encounter residual oil on the shoreline or in the water, please call the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.

The Unified Command (UC) developed a multi-layer approach for observing, surveying, documenting and mitigating any releases of oil or debris during cutting and lifting operations. Recovery personnel are on-station at the Environmental Protection Barrier (EPB), at the shoreline and on the water around the Golden Ray shipwreck. Responders are maintaining protective boom at sensitive locations around St. Simons Sound.

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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