At around 6:00 P.M. on Monday local time, the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted that ALL twenty-four crew members aboard the Golden Ray have been rescued and are in stable conditions.
"Once we got the first 3-inch hole in today, they were able to be passed water and we were able to get them food and some fresh air and that's probably the biggest and whether they were together, no."
Following the news that all crew members were rescued and safe, President Moon Jae-in sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump and thanked the timely rescue efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard.
He also sent a separate letter to the Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard and thanked the courage they showed during the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, authorities are yet to find the cause of the accident.
But, an eyewitness known as Roberts earlier told the local media that as the ship was departing from the port, another vessel known as the Emerald Ace came into the port, after which the Golden Ray capsized.
The witness said it was too dark to tell what really happened between the two ships.
Choi Si-young, Arirang News.