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In Tehran, families of downed Flight PS752 demand arrest of Revolutionary Guard leader

Relatives of the victims of downed Flight PS752, which crashed in Iran last year, held a protest in Tehran over the weekend demanding justice for their loved ones and the arrest of the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, which Iran’s leaders have admitted shot down the plane.

The demonstration came days after Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif denied the existence of an audio recording, obtained by CBC, in which he is said to be discussing the possibility that the destruction of Flight PS752 was an intentional act.

In the recording, the individual, who was identified by sources as Zarif, is heard saying there are a “thousand possibilities” to explain the downing of the jet, including a deliberate attack involving two or three “infiltrators” — a scenario he said was “not at all unlikely.”

The individual in the recording also notes that the truth will never be revealed by the highest levels of Iran’s government and military. The day after the story aired, Zarif tweeted the audio isn’t real and insisted he’s always said there were a number of possibilities for the crash.

On Jan. 8, 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in the skies over Tehran with two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 176 people aboard, including 138 people with ties to Canada.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is an elite wing of the country’s military and is overseen by the country’s supreme leader. It’s been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Following the crash, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said human error was to blame, saying the military mistook the jetliner for a hostile target in the aftermath of an American drone strike that killed a high-ranking Iranian military general in Iraq.

On Saturday, in a video filmed at the Tehran demonstration, a crash victim’s father is heard asking why Commander Gen. Amir-Ali Hajizadeh hasn’t been charged noting he is the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

Families demand answers

“Have you summoned Mr. Hajizadeh as a suspect of this crime?” the man asks, according to a video shared with CBC News. “Answer us. It’s a simple question. You owe the 70, 80 million Iranians an answer.”

At the demonstration, dozens of family members holding photos of loved ones also entered the military court building to question lead investigator Sadegh Arabzadeh and the country’s deputy military prosecutor. This building is where crimes pertaining to the military are privately heard rather than at a public court. 

WATCH | Secret recording says downed airliner may have been intentionally shot down:

CBC News has obtained a recording of a man sources have identified as Iran’s foreign minister acknowledging that the downing of Flight 752 could have been intentional. The Canadian government and security agencies are reviewing the recording. 2:49

Arabzadeh is heard responding on the videotape, saying “we can’t simply accuse someone. There is a procedure of investigation.”

Iran has said it charged six Iranians with offences in connection with the destruction of Flight PS752, but hasn’t revealed their names, the allegations against them, or any details about the charges they face.

Ukraine classifies criminal investigation as ‘intended murder’

In Ukraine, Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Yenin said in an interview broadcast Sunday on Iran International, a private UK broadcaster, that his country still doesn’t know the identity of the six individuals charged. Yenin also confirmed Ukraine’s criminal case is being classified as an “intended murder.”

The airline that operated PS752 is based in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, courts in Iran have also sentenced at least 13 people to prison allegedly for protesting the downing of Flight PS752, according to Human Rights Watch. They include two students at the University of Tehran who posted online they were sentenced to prison terms for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly and collusion to disrupt national security,” according to the New York-based international human rights organization.

Hamed Esmaeilion, of Richmond Hill, Ont. lost his wife Parisa Eghbalian and nine-year-old daughter Reera on Flight PS752. (Submitted)

The audio recording obtained by CBC was said to be captured in the months after President Rouhani stated publicly that human error was to blame. CBC News listened to the audio recording and had three people translate it from Farsi to English to capture nuances in the language. 

Hamed Esmaeilion of Richmond Hill, Ont. lost his wife Parisa Eghbalian and nine-year-old daughter Reera on Flight PS752. He’s now the spokesperson for the association representing a group of victims’ families in Canada and shared the protest footage with CBC through a network of families in Tehran. 

WATCH | Iran disputes content of secret audio recording obtained by CBC News:

Iran was quick to push back at Canada after a CBC News exclusive revealed a secret recording of a man identified as Iran’s foreign minister contradicting his own government’s explanation for the downing of Flight 752, calling the reports incorrect and baseless. 2:03

In a statement, Esmaeilion said at one point during Saturday’s Tehran protest an ambulance was called because some family members were so upset they felt unwell and were taken to hospital. Security forces eventually told families to leave the premises and they dispersed, he said. 

Multiple countries, including Ukraine, have until the end of the month to review Iran’s final report on the safety investigation. It’s not clear when that document will be released publicly.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s special advisor to Flight PS752, Ralph Goodale, has raised concerns about Iran’s lack of details around its arrests and transparency around the investigation.

“This state of affairs raises obvious concerns about credibility, conflicts of interest, and a lack of transparency and accountability, especially in light of Iran’s admission that its own military—specifically the IRGC—fired the missiles that downed this innocent commercial airliner, which had been fully cleared for takeoff by Iran’s military and civilian authorities.” says a portion of Goodale’s report published in Dec. 2020. 

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Myanmar lawmakers say they’re confined and under guard following military coup

Hundreds of members of Myanmar’s Parliament remained confined inside their government housing in the country’s capital on Tuesday, a day after the military staged a coup and detained senior politicians including Nobel laureate and de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, meanwhile, released a statement calling for the military to honour the results of last November’s election and release of all of those detained.

“The commander-in-chief seizing the power of the nation is against the constitution and it also neglects the sovereign power of people,” the party said in a statement on one of its Facebook pages.

One of the lawmakers said he and 400-some parliament members were able to speak with one another inside the compound and communicate with their constituencies by phone, but were not allowed to leave the housing complex in Naypyitaw. He said police were inside the complex and soldiers were outside it.

The lawmaker said the politicians, comprised of members of Suu Kyi’s NLD party and various smaller parties, spent a sleepless night worried that they might be taken away but were otherwise OK.

“We had to stay awake and be alert,” said the lawmaker, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his safety.

A man looks at newspapers displayed at a newspaper stall in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday. Hundreds of members of Myanmar’s parliament remained confined inside their government housing in the country’s capital. (Thein Zaw/The Associated Press)

The takeover came the morning lawmakers from all of the country had gathered in the capital for the opening of the new parliamentary session and follows days of worry that a coup was coming.

The military said the seizure was necessary because the government had not acted on the military’s claims of fraud in November’s elections — in which Suu Kyi’s ruling party won a majority of the parliamentary seats up for grabs — and because it allowed the election to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Setback for democracy

An announcement read on military-owned Myawaddy TV on Monday said Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing would be in charge of the country for one year. Late Monday, the office of the commander-in-chief announced the names of new Cabinet ministers. The 11-member Cabinet is composed of military generals, former military generals and former advisers to a previous government headed by former general Thein Sein.

A portrait of detained leader Aung San Su Kyi attached on a tourism building in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, on Tuesday. Yangon streets were quieter than usual but taxis and buses were still running and there were no outward signs of heavy security. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The coup is a dramatic backslide for Myanmar, which was emerging from decades of strict military rule and international isolation that began in 1962. It now presents a test for the international community, which had ostracized Myanmar while it was under military rule and then enthusiastically embraced Suu Kyi’s government as a sign the country was finally on the path to democracy. U.S. President Joe Biden threatened new sanctions, which the country had previously faced.

On Tuesday in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, the streets were quieter than usual but taxis and buses were still running and there were no outward signs of heavy security.

The English-language Myanmar Times headlined the state of emergency, while other state-owned newspapers showed front-page photographs of Monday’s National Defence and Security Council meeting, which the newly appointed Acting President Myint Swe and Min Aung Hlaing attended with other military officials.

The military has maintained that its actions are legally justified — citing a section of the constitution it drafted that allows it to take control in times of national emergency — though Suu Kyi’s party spokesman as well as many international observers have said it amounts to a coup.

Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on Monday after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

The takeover marks a shocking fall from power for Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace laureate who had lived under house arrest for years as she tried to push her country toward democracy and then became its de facto leader after her party won elections in 2015.

Suu Kyi had been a fierce critic of the army during her years in detention. But after her shift from democracy icon to politician, she needed to work with the generals, who despite allowing elections had never fully given up power.

While the 75-year-old has remained popular at home, Suu Kyi’s deference to the generals — going so far as to defend their crackdown on Rohingya Muslims that the United States and others have labelled genocide — has left her reputation tarnished abroad.

UN and U.S. condemn coup

The coup was met with international condemnation and many countries called for the release of the detained leaders.

Biden called the military’s actions “a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law” and said Washington would not hesitate to restore sanctions.

“The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack,” he said in a statement.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the developments a “serious blow to democratic reforms,” according to his spokesman. The Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the military’s actions — probably on Tuesday, according to Britain, which currently holds the council presidency.

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How all-Canadian division coaches, players plan to guard against predictability this season

A degree of contempt is expected to grow between the seven teams in the NHL’s all-Canadian North Division, but the number of times the clubs play each will also breed some familiarity.

The shortened NHL season has each team playing a 56-game schedule within its division. Some of the Canadian clubs will see each other nine or 10 times.

During a 14-day stretch within the first month, the Vancouver Canucks will face the Montreal Canadiens five times, with a three-game series against Ottawa squeezed into the same period.

The Winnipeg Jets will face the Calgary Flames four times in the first nine days of February.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Rob Pizzo ranks the all-Canadian division:

For the first time, all 7 Canadian teams will be in one division. Rob Pizzo predicts which four will make the playoffs. 5:47

Most players and coaches agree the games will have a playoff feel about them, but teams will also have to guard against becoming predictable.

“For all the teams you are going to have to come up with different sort of strategies and ways to mix things up, especially when you are seeing a team three times in a row,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano. “Little things like the way you kill penalties or the way you are on the power play, the way your faceoffs are drawn up. Teams are going to be able to scout that.

“You are going to have to change things up and have a lot of different plays in your book. It’s going to be exciting.”

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said having a Canadian division is “going to be fantastic. The message boards are going to be awesome, funny as hell.”

It also means coaches will be tested on their ability to make subtle changes without completely deviating from their schemes.

“You have to be real careful about how many times you are going to change your grip on your golf club because you are going to get a different trajectory every time,” Maurice said. “You have to play well, play hard, but I do agree you are going to have to be fairly creative in how you approach the game.”

Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green said teams are constantly adjusting for opponents.

“There are wrinkles that you throw into your team for a game, but there are certain things, certain staples that every team has that [indicates] how they play,” he said. “You don’t want to go change your whole system from game to game.

“I think it’s perfecting a system that works for your team. There are different things [you can do], faceoff plays, on special teams, certain things you can change.”

‘Different for everybody’

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said players will have to adapt.

“You’re going to have to learn on the fly,” he said. “It’s going to be different for everybody.”

Vancouver forward Brock Boeser said the schedule reminds him of his college days playing for the University of North Dakota.

“You have to learn from game to game,” Boeser said. “You watch film, you have to adjust to what you didn’t do right in the game before and make sure you don’t make those mistakes again.”

WATCH | NHL season begins amid rising COVID-19 cases:

The NHL season returned to the ice on Wednesday with many questioning if it was the right decision amid rising COVID-19 cases. The league is hoping the season will go off without a hitch, as businesses that rely on the games are looking for ways to save their bottom line. 2:01

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said reducing the number of opponents will make coaches focus.

“It allows you to just zero in on a very small number of opponents, you get to know them very well,” he said. “It frees up so much more time just to focus on our own team.”

Edmonton’s Dave Tippett said the compressed schedule will keep coaches concentrating.

“Sometimes you get into the regular season, games flow into each other,” he said. “Every game [now] is going to be so important. The competition is going to be stiff.

“I think it’s going to be a playoff mindset coaches are really going to dig into. It’s going to push coaches to be better.

WATCH | CBC Sports’ Rob Pizzo breaks down 9 NHL talking points:

Rob Pizzo identifies the key things to watch as the season begins. 1:54

Vancouver forward Antoine Roussel, one of the Canucks who plays the game with an edge, said scores will be quickly settled.

“It’s going to be more edgy every night,” he said. “You see the same guys all the time.

“If something happens in game one . . . in game two you may have to answer the bell. The emotion and the fire in the games are going to step up, maybe linger longer.”

Playing more games against teams from the East will also give more exposure to young Canuck stars like Elias Pettersson and Quin Hughes.

“I don’t think our guys sometimes get the attention they deserve,” Roussel said. “They could be in better position to market themselves as the best players in the league.”

Vancouver forward Tanner Pearson said the shortened season means teams must always keep an eye on the standings.

“It’s going to be different for a points race,” he said. “You always talk about a four-point game when you play a division team. Now it’s more crucial than ever.”

WATCH | NHL world honours Willie O’Ree on MLK Day:

Sixty-three years after Willie O’Ree became the first black player in an NHL game, the league paid tribute to him on Martin Luther King Jr. Day even though many say the league is still struggling with diversity issues. 2:00

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Timberwolves select Georgia guard Anthony Edwards with No. 1 overall pick

Anthony Edwards was taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night when the NBA draft was finally held after multiple delays.

Edwards became the 11th straight one-and-done player to be the No. 1 pick, coming in a year where there was no clear obvious choice. He averaged 19.1 points for the Bulldogs, tops among all freshman.

Commissioner Adam Silver announced the pick from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. The draft was originally scheduled for June 25 before multiple delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic pushed it back out and out of its usual home at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Boxes of hats were shipped to the top prospects to put on the one they needed after their name was called.

Edwards watched while seated next to portraits of his late mother and grandmother. They both died of cancer.

WATCH | Timberwolves opt for Georgia’s Anthony Edwards with 1st pick:

Minnesota Timberwolves select Anthony Edwards as first overall pick of the 2020 NBA Draft. Edwards was a shooting guard with the Georgia Bulldogs. 0:34

The Golden State Warriors, stung by the news that Klay Thompson sustained another leg injury earlier Wednesday, took Memphis centre James Wiseman with the second pick. They stumbled to the bottom of the league while Thompson missed the entire season with a torn ACL in his left knee.

The severity of his injury had not been revealed as the draft began but it didn’t persuade the Warriors to take another guard. Instead they went with the 7-foot-1 centre who arrived as the No. 1 recruit out of high school and averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games before he was suspended for eligibility reasons and eventually left the program to prepare for the draft.

LaMelo Ball then went to the Charlotte Hornets, the next stop on a lengthy basketball journey that sent the guard from high school in California to stops as a professional in Lithuania and Australia.

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Kiki Layne on the Importance of Playing a ‘Black, Female Hero’ in ‘The Old Guard’ (Exclusive)

‘The Old Guard’: Kiki Layne and Charlize Theron on Importance of Diversity | Entertainment Tonight

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National Guard summoned to aid U.S. cities amid police clashes over death of George Floyd

It was another night of fire and rage in Minneapolis and other cities across the U.S.

Thousands of people protesting the police killing of George Floyd ignored a curfew leading Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz to admit he doesn’t have enough manpower to contain the chaos.

Walz said more than 700 soldiers were deployed Friday night, “an action that’s never been taken in the 164-year history of the Minnesota National Guard.” He added he would be talking further with the governors from adjacent states, which will providing “significant support through their National Guards.”

Overnight, Walz urged protesters, angry over the death of Floyd, to go home after they took to the streets of Minneapolis for a fourth day and defied an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by the city’s mayor.

“The situation in Minnesota is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd. It’s about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities,” the governor said. Since the killing last Monday evening, protests have erupted in about 30 U.S. cities.

Graphic video footage taken by an onlooker’s cell phone and widely circulated on the internet showed 46-year-old Floyd — with police officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressed into his neck — gasping for air and repeatedly groaning, “Please, I can’t breathe,” while a crowd of bystanders shouted at police to let him up.

WATCH | Protests continue after police officer charged in death of George Floyd:

The fired Minneapolis police officer that pinned George Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. Protesters continue to demonstrate in Minneapolis and across the U.S. 3:22

After several minutes, Floyd gradually grew unresponsive and ceased to move. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

Chauvin, who was dismissed from the police department with three fellow officers the day after the fatal encounter, was arrested on Friday on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges for his role in Floyd’s death.

WATCH | New angle of George Floyd arrest:

New video shot by a bystander shows two other Minneapolis police officers kneeling on George Floyd’s body along with their colleague who is now charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in his death. 0:24

The video re-ignited an outpouring of rage that civil rights activists said has long simmered in Minneapolis and cities across the country over persistent racial bias in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Anger over the killing has spread from Minneapolis to cities that include Atlanta, New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Portland.

Report of officer killed

Demonstrators blocked highways in both Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. About 1,000 protesters in Oakland smashed windows, sprayed buildings with “Kill Cops” graffiti and were met with chemical spray from police, who said several officers were injured by projectiles.

Two Federal Protective Services officers stationed at the Oakland downtown federal building suffered gunshot wounds amid the protests on Friday night and one has died, the police department said in a statement to CNN.

In Atlanta, protesters set a police car on fire, struck officers with bottles, vandalized the headquarters of CNN and broke into a restaurant in downtown Atlanta as a demonstration that started peacefully quickly changed tone Friday evening.

WATCH | NAACP leader says police accountability must be addressed:

Protests against the killing of George Floyd continued Friday night, even after charges were laid against one of the officers involved. Cornell Brooks, the former leader of the NAACP, says police accountability must be addressed by national and state lawmakers. 7:57

Georgia’s governor declared a state of emergency early Saturday to activate the state National Guard.

That force was also on standby in the nation’s capital, where a crowd of protesters confronted police outside the White House in Lafayette Square Park early Saturday.

People leave a vandalized Target store in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday. The incident occurred during protests against the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man in police custody in Minneapolis. (Noah Berger/The Associated Press)

Some protesters tried to pull metal barriers away from police officers.

A White House spokesperson said the building was placed under lockdown for a time as the demonstration grew outside.

WATCH | Protesters attack CNN Atlanta headquarters:

Protesters hurl rocks and smoke bombs at riot police on Friday night inside the CNN Center in Atlanta. Numerous demonstrations erupted in several U.S. cities on Friday after a fired Minneapolis police officer was charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. 0:45

In Detroit, a 19-year-old man was killed late Friday when a person opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators. The shooter fled the scene in a vehicle.

As protests raged across the U.S., there have been images and reports emerging on social media showing physical confrontations between demonstrators and police.

This February 2019 photo provided by Henry Giron shows George Floyd at Conga Latin Bistro in Minneapolis, where he worked in security. (HenrySocialPhotos via AP)

In one video from New York, Dounya Zayer, 20, is shown being thrown to the ground by an officer as police advanced on crowds of protesters in the streets of Brooklyn. Speaking afterward from the hospital, Zayer said the violent takedown was unprovoked.

In Seattle, Wash., dozens of people gathered for a peaceful protest in the downtown area Friday night, but some black-clad anarchists broke a storefront window and set small fires around the city.

Police initially said they arrested Floyd because he matched the description of a man suspected of passing a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a grocery store and that he resisted arrest.

Police were trying to put Floyd in a squad car when he stiffened up and fell to the ground, saying he was claustrophobic, according to the criminal complaint detailing charges against Chauvin.

In addition to igniting the turmoil in Minneapolis, Floyd’s death has garnered national attention, and it drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, a black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and also said he could not breathe.

The delay in Chauvin’s arrest may have helped to drive the protests. The other three officers involved have not been charged, but the investigation is continuing. All four were fired Tuesday shortly after the video began circulating.

Some activists and community leaders said they expected the protests to continue to push for the arrests of and charges for the three other officers.

Floyd’s death “just touched people in a way that they didn’t expect,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights lawyer and former president of the Minneapolis NAACP.

CNN reporter arrested on live TV

During the protests, the Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN journalist reporting live on television early Friday morning without giving any reason, leading him and others from his crew away in handcuffs.

Omar Jimenez had just shown a protester being arrested when about half a dozen police officers surrounded him.

“We can move back to where you like,” he told the officers wearing gas masks and face shields, before explaining that he and his crew were members of the press. “We’re getting out of your way.”

WATCH l Omar Jimenez arrested while doing live hit:

Omar Jimenez was handcuffed live, on air, as his crew tried to get closer to a police cordon. They were all later released. 1:46

CNN called it a clear violation of their First Amendment rights and called for the release of its three employees, which eventually occurred.

“What gave me one bit of comfort was that it happened on live TV,” Jimenez told viewers after he was released. “You don’t have to doubt my story. It’s not filtered in any way. You saw it with your own eyes.”

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U.S. Coast Guard searches for tour helicopter missing in Hawaii with 7 aboard

A search is underway for seven people aboard a tour helicopter that disappeared in Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday.

The owner of the helicopter contacted the Coast Guard about 45 minutes after the aircraft was due back from a tour of Kauai’s Na Pali Coast on Thursday evening, a news release said. The helicopter has an electronic locator, but no signals had been received, it said.

The helicopter was carrying a pilot and six passengers, with two of them believed to be minors, the release said.

“The weather conditions are challenging,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Cox of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. “We have trained crews responding and on scene searching for any signs of the helicopter and those aboard.”

According to the release, clouds and rain at the scene rendered visibility at 6.4 kilometres, with winds at 45 km/h. Friday’s forecast predicted winds at around 37 km/h.

A helicopter and crew were launched from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and additional support was provided by the U.S. navy’s Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 at Kaneohe Bay. A coast guard cutter and crew were also launched from Honolulu.

Further searches with a search-and-rescue airplane and crew, and fresh helicopter crew were scheduled for first light, if necessary.

According to the release, helicopter tours are common above the island of Kauai, much of which is a state park.

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Joaquin Phoenix Is Seemingly Caught Off Guard by Clip on ‘Kimmel’: ‘I’m Embarrassed’

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U.S. coast guard comes to rescue as ship overturns off Georgia coast, 4 crew members missing

Rescuers were searching Sunday for four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned and caught fire near a port on the Georgia coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The ship was carrying vehicles when it listed heavily in St. Simons Sound, about 120 kilometres south of Savannah.

The Golden Ray cargo ship ran into trouble in the early morning.

Of the 23 crew members and one pilot on board, the Coast Guard said 20 were safely evacuated from the ship, a 200-metre vehicle carrier.

Search and rescue operations were ongoing for the remaining four crew members, with boat and helicopter crews assisting with the efforts. Local agencies also were helping with the rescue.

The U.S. Coast Guard said it was notified by a 911 call around 2 a.m. of a capsized vessel in the sound. Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson said it isn’t clear whether weather conditions caused the ship to lurch. Hurricane Dorian brushed past the Georgia coast last week on its path north.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation.

The Golden Ray is flagged out of the Marshall Islands and was headed to Baltimore, Md., according to the website vesselfinder.com. The ship’s registered owner is a South Korean company.

Officials say there is a fire on board the disabled cargo vessel. (The Associated Press)

The Port of Brunswick is currently closed to vessel traffic, with an established emergency safety zone in St. Simons Sound. Vessels are not authorized within a half mile of the Golden Ray, which was lying on its side.

The port is one of the busiest U.S. seaports for shipping automobiles. Nearly 614,000 vehicles and heavy machinery units moved across its docks in the 2019 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for four missing crew members of the Golden Ray vehicle vessel. 0:33

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