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Survivor: Livestock ship with 42 crew sank off Japan coast

Survivor: Livestock ship with 42 crew sank off Japan coast”

The man, who is in good health, told rescuers the ship capsized before sinking, said spokesman Yuichiro Higashi at the Japanese coast guard's regional headquarters conducting the search.

A ship carrying 43 crew and almost 6,000 cattle from New Zealand to China capsized after losing an engine in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the only crew member rescued so far told Japan's coastguard on Thursday (Sept 3).

The vessel was believed to be carrying 5,800 cows and 43 crew members, which included 39 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand, and at least one from Australia.

The Gulf Livestock 1 had been travelling west of the Amami Oshima island in south-western Japan before it went missing.

The other crew members include two New Zealanders, one Australian and one Singaporean, Estrada added.

The Japan Coastguard rescued the crew member from the water late on Wednesday night (Japan time).

Meanwhile, on the Korean Peninsula, one woman was killed in the South Korean city of Busan when a strong gust of wind shattered her apartment window after Maysak made landfall.

'I very much hope all the crew on board are safe. My thoughts are with their families, this will be a very hard time for them as the search continues.

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The Ministry for Primary Industries said it had temporarily suspended its consideration of cattle livestock export applications as a result. "I am awaiting an update on the situation".

"MPI wants to understand what happened on the sailing of the Gulf Livestock 1", it said.

The DFA Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs and the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Osaka are also closely coordinating with local manning agency Korpil Ship Management and Manning Corp., in charge of the employment of the Filipino seafarers.

A New Zealand animal rights group said the incident illustrates why the export of live animals should not be permitted. "But questions remain, including why this trade is allowed to continue". The cows are "likely all pregnant", she said.

No MPI staff were on board the ship when it went missing but between three and four "experienced stockman" would have travelled with the cattle, the spokeswoman said.

Shipping data last showed the Gulf Livestock 1 vessel near Japan.

Last year, New Zealand launched a review of its live export trade, worth around NZ$54 million ($37 million) in 2019, after thousands of animals being exported from New Zealand and Australia died in transit.

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor said one option being considered was a conditional ban on the live export of cattle.



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