Jumat, 04 September 2020

Japanese rescue crews find another survivor from missing live export ship - ABC News

Japanese rescue crews have found another survivor from a live export ship that sank off the country’s south-west on Wednesday. 

Late on Friday afternoon, authorities found a life raft carrying the sailor, a 30-year-old Filipino, who was conscious and able to walk by himself.

Earlier in the day, a coast guard crew found the body of another sailor who was pronounced dead. His identity is not known.

So far two Filipino crew have been rescued and are being treated by authorities, but 40 crew remain missing — including two Australians.

The father of one of the missing, Lukas Orda, said he was extraordinarily grateful for the search and rescue teams and he remained hopeful they would find the crew.

The vessel, Gulf Livestock 1, had 43 crew members on board, including two Australians, two New Zealanders and 39 Filipinos when it issued a distress call early on Wednesday.

The Panamanian-registered, 11,947-ton ship sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan as Typhoon Maysak lashed the area with strong winds and heavy seas.

It was carrying 5,867 live cattle on its way to China, and the cause of the distress call was not immediately known.

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2020-09-04 10:35:00Z

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