Cargo ship crew evacuated and port closed to vessel movement

Cargo ship crew evacuated and port closed to vessel movement
In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Golden Ray cargo ship lists to one side near a port on the Georgia coast, early Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The ship, carrying vehicles, was being evacuated after sharply listing. The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel was leaving Brunswick when it somehow turned drastically sideways early Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

ST. SIMONS SOUND, Ga. (AP) — A cargo ship carrying vehicles was being evacuated after sharply listing near a port on the Georgia coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the Golden Ray cargo ship was leaving Brunswick when it drastically leaned to its side early Sunday. An unknown number of crew members were being evacuated. Local agencies were helping with the rescue.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson says it is not known if weather conditions caused the ship to lurch. Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week before being downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.

Dickinson said it was not immediately known whether there were any injuries on board.

The name of the ship’s owner was not immediately available.

The Port of Brunswick is currently closed to vessel traffic.