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Swimming Advisory Issued for St. Simons and Jekyll Island Beaches After Cargo Ship Capsizes in St. Simons Sound

Beach goers are advised not to swim or wade in the ocean on St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island until more is known about the environmental impact of a cargo ship capsizing in the St. Simons Sound.

A commercial freight vessel carrying 4,200 vehicles capsized early Sunday morning, and as of Sunday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit out of Savannah was working to rescue four crew members.

The Coastal Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will conduct water quality sampling to ensure the safety of shellfish harvesting beds and swimming beaches. The Coastal Health District is issuing a precautionary swimming advisory until that testing can be done.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division, a branch of DNR, has also been notified of the capsizing and is monitoring the situation.

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