Japan suspends search for crew of missing cargo ship

Japan suspends search for crew of missing cargo ship
Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard said it rescued a man who is believed to be a crew member of a missing cargo ship. Source: 10th regional coast guard HQ.
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Daily US Times: Japan’s Coast Guard said the search for the crew of a cargo ship that went missing during Typhoon Maysak was suspended Saturday due to bad weather.

On Wednesday, the Gulf Livestock 1, with 43 crew members and almost 6,000 cows on board, went missing near southern Japan. The area in the East China Sea was being battered by the powerful typhoon, which was equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 130 mph, at the time the ship went missing.

According to the Coast Guard, three sailors have been rescued, and one of them has died.

Rescue operations were suspended Saturday noon local time, and a second powerful Typhoon Haishun is expected to slam the area on Sunday. Restarting the mission will depend on weather conditions, the coast guard says.

A man was found on Friday floating in a life raft two kilometers from Kodakara Island — only the third person to be found.

The Coast Guard said the man is a 30-year-old Filipino named Jay-Nel Rosals, was found on Friday afternoon two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Kodakara Island and he was taken to a hospital, and is alive, walking and talking.

After more than half a day in the water, a lone Filipino sailor was rescued late Wednesday. The Coast Guard said he was in good condition.

On Friday morning, another crew member was found floating unconscious near Japan’s Amami Oshima island, about midway between Okinawa and Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island. According to a Coast Guard statement, he was taken to a hospital but a later statement from the Coast Guard said that he had died.

Just after 4 p.m. local time on Friday — around the same time that Rosals was located — the coast guard found an empty lifeboat further out to sea, at around four kilometers east of Kodakara Island. The Coast Guard also said that they found some oil spillage around 150 kilometers from Amami Oshima Island.

On Friday, the Coast Guard also found a body of a cow near Amami Oshima island.

According to the authorities in Japan, New Zealand and Australia, the 133.6-meter-long (438 foot) ship, crewed by 39 Filipinos, two Australians and two New Zealanders was sailing from Napier, New Zealand, to Tangshan, China.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the Panamanian-flagged ship left New Zealand on August 14 with a cargo of more than 5,800 cows.

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