The Japanese coastguard announced on Friday, September 4, that it was still looking for more than 40 crew members who disappeared after a ship with cattle from New Zealand to China sank due to a storm in the East China Sea.
To date, a crew member from the Gulf Livestock 1, who went missing on Wednesday, September 2 has been found. According to the Japanese coastguard, three vessels, four airplanes, and two divers were leading in the search-and-rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the Gulf Navigation released a statement claiming that the Panamanian-flagged Gulf Livestock 1 was their vessel.
“Our hearts go out to those on board and their families at this time. We also express deep regret for the sad loss of the livestock on board. We are monitoring the situation closely and working closely with those involved in rescue efforts. We pray that there are other survivors,” a Gulf Navigation spokesperson stated.
It was noted that the ship carrying about 6,000 cows sent an emergency call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan on Wednesday, September 2 due to the Typhoon Maysak carrying strong winds.
The coast said that Filipino chief officer Sareno Edvarodo was found on Wednesday, September 2. By the evening of Thursday, September 3, a coastguard official said that he was still the only person rescued and that the bodies of some cattle had been found.
The ship consists of 43 members – in which 39 came from the Philippines, two from New Zealand, and two from Australia.