Pollution concerns remain as Golden Ray wreck removed St. Simons Sound

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Section Eight, the stern, separates from the Golden Ray wreck under load after responders completed cutting operations.

At 656 feet long and big enough to haul more than 4,000 automobiles, the hulking Golden Ray ship has been hard to miss in the St. Simons Sound, where it laid on its side for more than two years.

Now, after years of setbacks from oil spills, a fire, hurricanes and a change in contractors, a salvage crew is working to remove the last section of the South Korean car carrier.

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This means the Golden Ray’s head-turning presence off the Georgia coast since September 2019 is nearing an end.

But environmentalists say the removal of the ship only clears the part of the wreckage most obvious on the surface. They are pressing for more details on what will come next to clean marshes and shores of the remaining oil and other contaminants that aren’t so visible.



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