The U.S. Coast Guard was notified around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, September 7, 2019 that the 656-foot Golden Ray was listing heavily in the St. Simons Sound, Georgia with 23 crew members and one pilot on board. The initial rescue was successful in removing 20 people from the ship, but four people remained unaccounted for. Salvage crews were transported by Coast Guard to the vessel Monday morning to assess the vessel’s hull, confirming tapping from inside the vessel. By approximately 1 p.m., it was confirmed that the remaining four crew members were still alive inside. By 3 p.m., three crew members were safely extracted from the ship through a hole cut in the hull. The fourth and final crew member, who was located in a separate glass-enclosed engine control room, was safely extracted at 5:50 p.m., according to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has also commended Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick Bar Pilots Association, and the Glynn County Fire Department for their role in the response, among its own crews. The incident is under investigation by the Coast Guard with support from the National Transportation Safety Board, which has assigned investigators to the case.