BRUNSWICK, Georgia – Oil escaping from a stranded cargo ship has washed up on beaches along the southern end of St. Simons Island, triggering a cleanup that could take several days.
The oil strip was found on Sunday reaching swamp grasses, rip-rap and beach sand extending just south of King Creek to the public beach access of Neptune Road on St. Island. Simons.
About 50 people use various cleaning techniques from hand tools and bags to contain the oiled sand.
No injured or oiled wild animals were found.
The oil was spilled after demolition crews finished cutting up the sixth of eight sections from the giant cargo ship Golden Ray that spilled off the coast of Georgia almost two years ago.
The U.S. Coast Guard said the sixth section of the freighter was separated on Friday evening and removed from the rest of the half-submerged wreckage of the Golden Ray on Saturday.
The Golden Ray was carrying more than 1,400 vehicles when it overturned in 2019. About two dozen crew members on board were rescued and survived.
Officials say the oil could also affect Jekyll Island.
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