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Cargo Ship Stranded off Georgia Spilled Oil on the Coast

A cargo Ship that has been stranded off the coast of Georgia since 2019 has spilled a substantial amount of oil on neighbouring beaches. The Golden Ray, packed with oil and 4,200 automobiles, hit ground and sank in Savannah in September 2019. The debris had been divided into eight sections and removed piece by piece in an attempt to salvage it.

Crude oil began washing up on the shores of popular surrounding tourist beaches like as St. Simons and Jekyll Island while operation teams attempted to shift the sixth piece this week. The wreckage of the Golden Ray continued to spew oil into the water on Wednesday. Around 70 employees who had been overseeing the Ship wreck’s demolition were dispatched to assist in the cleanup of the oil leak, which had stained 2.5 miles of beach and marsh grasses.

For almost two years, the area’s natural resources have been consistently harmed. Oil from the Golden Ray streaked the sand near a beach resort on St Simons Island, stained the rocky shoreline near the island’s historic lighthouse, and poisoned marsh grasses near a golf club. While boat personnel were able to keep much of the oil in the waters surrounding the Ship wreck, some of the oil from the South Korean tanker that leaked on Saturday managed to get past a protective barrier of floating boom and reach the beach.

Since then, response crews have been raking oil-streaked sand into mounds that are then packed and removed off the beach. In the marsh, they use a peat moss-based absorbent substance. Only one animal, a seagull, was discovered with the oil slick partially covering its wings.

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