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39 perish with 6,000 cattle in typhoon in the East China Sea

JAPANESE coastguard rescued two seamen from a cargo ship presumed sunk in a typhoon with more than 40 crew and 6,000 cattle on board, reported BBC News

07 September 2020 - 05:24

JAPANESE coastguard rescued two seamen from a cargo ship presumed sunk in a typhoon with more than 40 crew and 6,000 cattle on board, reported BBC News.

The surviving first mate, Eduardo Sareno, 45, who was found drifting in a lifejacket, said the ship suffered engine failure, was hit by a wave, then capsized.



Another crew member, Jay-nel Rosals, a 30-year-old Filipino, was found alive on a life raft near the Japanese island of Kodakarajima, the coast guard reported.



The 8,372-dwt Panamanian flagged Gulf Livestock 1, coming from Napier, New Zealand, and bound for China sent a distress signal from the East China Sea after being caught up in Typhoon Maysak.



The search for the rest of the crew and ship continues but has so far failed to find any more survivors.



The crew of the freighter includes 39 seamen from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia.



According to the Japanese coastguard, the man rescued is one of the Filipino crew, who said the ship's engine failed before it capsized after being hit by a wave.



Eduardo Sareno, the vessel's 45-year-old chief officer, said the crew had been instructed to put on lifejackets and that he jumped into the water.



The first mate said he did not see any other crew members before he was rescued.


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