Ship carrying 43 crew members, almost 6,000 heads cattle capsizes off Japan

A boat with the Japan Coast Guard pulls alongside a person in a life jacket floating in the ocean at night

A boat with the Japan Coast Guard pulls alongside a person in a life jacket floating in the ocean at night

Mr Rosals' rescue came hours after another crewman died after being pulled unconscious from the water by the coastguard.

A life jacket and cattle carcass were also collected from the same area on Friday, the coast guard said.

A photo dated September 4 provided by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters shows an unmanned life boat drifting near Kodakarajima island.

Mr Edavorodo, 45, was the ship's chief officer and he has told the Japanese coastguard the ship lost an engine before it was hit by a giant wave and flipped over.

The ship, with 43 crew on board and a cargo of 6000 cattle, had sent a distress call amid strong winds and heavy seas whipped up by Typhoon Maysak.

Japan's coastguard said three vessels, five aircraft and two divers had been deployed in the ongoing search, which was taking place on Thursday in good weather after the typhoon completed its passage through the area.

The Gulf Livestock 1 left New Zealand on 14 August headed for China, with the journey expected to take 17 days, New Zealand's foreign ministry said.

By the time the dead man was spotted on Friday, the weather was cloudy with winds of around 20 miles per hour, the coast guard said. The typhoon whipped across the East China Sea and is believed to have wrecked at least one ship.

There was an announcement on board to wear life jackets as the ship was capsizing, at which point he put on a life jacket and jumped in the sea, the coast guard quoted Sareno as saying.

"We still plan to send ships to join the search operation but it's not certain as another typhoon is approaching the region", he said, adding that there were no clues to the fate of the missing crew.

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Edvarodo told rescuers the ship had capsized after being hit by a large wave.

The ship-tracking website said it was sailing into high winds when it vanished 100 miles west of the Japanese island of Amami Oshima.

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Father of two Scott Harris (37) is one of two New Zealanders - the other thought to be from Southland - who were on the Gulf Livestock 1, with 41 other crew.

The cause of the distress was not immediately known, but the weather conditions were rough due to Typhoon Maysak.

"We were so anxious because we know they were in the middle of the sea and there was a typhoon".

The incident has thrown light on the dangers of transporting live cattle.

Rescuers also found an overturned orange lifeboat a little further from the Ko Takarajima, but no one was inside.

In this photo released by the 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, a Filipino crewmember of a Panamanian cargo ship is rescued by Japanese Coast Guard members in the waters off the Amami Oshima, Japan Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Expect to cross the area late on Sunday or early Monday.

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