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Ship feared sunk with 42 crew and nearly 6000 cows on board

Ship feared sunk with 42 crew and nearly 6000 cows on board”

The total crew included 39 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia.

More than 40 crew members were missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea, the Japanese coastguard said on Thursday.

Dramatic footage of Wednesday's rescue showed the man bobbing in the open ocean in an orange lift jacket and rescuers battling violent waves to pull him on to their boat with a rope.

She said: "These cows should never have been at sea".

The ship was formerly known as the Rahmeh, a sister ship to the Jawan which experienced stability issues after loading cattle at Portland in December 2018, requiring stability rectification works in Singapore.

Typhoon Maysak made landfall in South Korea on Thursday, bringing lashing winds, and at least two people were killed in the southern city of Busan.

Rescuers are hopeful more survivors will be found. "But questions remain, including why this trade is allowed to continue", Marianne Macdonald of the animal rights group SAFE said, according to Reuters.

Millions of cattle and sheep are shipped every year, generating hefty profits for meat producers in countries like Australia and New Zealand.

The company, traded on the Dubai Financial Market, says it owns and operates chemical tankers, livestock vessels and other ships.

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A second missing Australian who was on board the ship was identified by Nine News on Friday night as Sydney man William Mainprize.

Vegans trolls have said the 43 crew members who went missing when their cattle ship capsized in a typhoon near Japan deserved what happened to them, as a second missing Australian has been identified.

New Zealand officials said Friday they were temporarily suspending any new approvals for the export of live cows following the incident. Last year, there were almost 500,000 Filipino seafarers, on vessels ranging from oil tankers to cruise ships.

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. The Gulf Livestock vessel last signaled its position on September 1 at 11:35 a.m., according to shipping data compiled by Bloomberg. A photo on the site shows cattle berths stacked high on its deck, as rooms might be on a luxury cruise liner.

Jay-nel Rosals, a 30-year-old deckhand and Philippine national, was floating in a raft in waters north of the Amami Oshima island in the East China Sea where rescuers have been looking for the crew of the Gulf Livestock 1 since it sent a distress signal early on Wednesday.

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. He was able to walk unassisted, the coastguard said.

A Filipino crew member from the cargo ship is rescued.

In November, a cargo ship overturned in the Black Sea near Romania while on its way to Saudi Arabia. The ship's 21 crew members were rescued, but most of the almost 15,000 sheep trapped on board were not.

The 180 sheep that survived were rescued by animal welfare groups, spared from slaughter and sent to live in the Romanian countryside.



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