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US rescues four from S Korean cargo ship

All four missing crew members have been rescued from a South Korean cargo vessel that flipped on its side off the US east coast, after rescuers cut a hole in the vessel's hull.

The fourth missing crew member was in a more complicated location inside the ship, US Coast Guard Captain John Reed told a livestreamed news conference.

"Their condition is relatively good for having spent 34 or 35 hours in the conditions they're in," Reed said of the rescued members.

Salvage crews made contact with the missing crew members on Monday morning and drilled a hole through the ship's hull to deliver food and water to them, Reed said.

Helicopters rescued 20 crew members from the 200m Golden Ray on Sunday after it became disabled, began listing and eventually fell helplessly on its side in St Simons Sound, near Brunswick, Georgia, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The ship had previously called at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, and was headed to Baltimore, according to the Vessel Finder website.

The carrier was built in 2017 and was sailing under the flag of the Marshall Islands, it said.

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