PortandTerminal.com, September 4, 2020
TOKYO – A second man has been found alive in the East China Sea two days after the livestock carrier he was working on capsized during Typhoon Maysak.
The Gulf Livestock 1 was carrying 5,800 cows and 43 crew members when it went missing on Wednesday after being caught up in the typhoon. The vessel was sailing in high winds of 58 knots (66 miles or 107 km per hour) at its last known position, according to the ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com.
According to the first survivor who was rescued by the Japanese Navy on Wednesday night, the ship lost an engine before it was hit by a wave and capsized.
Second survivor and a victim’s body
Today, Japanese officials said a 30-year-old Philippine national became the ship’s second known survivor when he was found drifting on a life raft on Friday.
The second survivor is reported to be a 30-year-old Philippine national, who was working as a deckhand on the ship. He was wearing a life jacket and floating in a raft when rescuers discovered him on Friday. Officials said he was conscious and able to walk unassisted.
Rescuers on Friday also found a man floating in the sea unconscious, but he was later pronounced dead. The man’s identity is not yet known.
The crew of the freighter included 39 people from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia.
Hopes of finding more survivors were fading on Friday as a new powerful storm, Typhoon Haishen, barrelled towards the area.
The Japanese coastguard has now released footage of the first survivor found on Wednesday.
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