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Unified Command Continues St. Simons Sound Incident Response: Update 3

Date: 9.14.19 Contact: Joint Information Center (912) 944-7122

The Captain of the Port has updated the safety zone around the Golden Ray. No vessel may approach within 150 yards of the incident site. Additionally, vessels greater than 500 gross tons remain subject to a half-nautical mile safety zone around the site and require authorization from the Captain of the Port to transit.  Boaters are reminded that response crews and divers are actively working around the Golden Ray. Caution should be used when transiting in the area.

“We greatly appreciate the public’s patience and flexibility while we work to resolve the situation.” – Cmdr. Norm Witt, Federal On Scene Coordinator


Response crews are continually monitoring air quality around the vessel and surrounding areas. No threats to human health have been detected through air sampling at this time. Crews will continue to monitor the air quality throughout the duration of the response. Please monitor the Department of Public Health website to keep informed of any advisories that may be in effect.


Teams are continuously conducting shoreline assessments to identify environmental impacts. Crews are ready to respond to any reports of pollution and execute appropriate mediation tactics. Salvage teams are successfully sealing underwater fuel tank vents. If the public encounters oil, they should report the sighting to the National Response Center hotline at (800) 424-8802.


Commercial traffic in the Port of Brunswick has resumed on a case by case basis. A claims number has been established (888) 850-8486 for those who have been affected by the incident.


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