Disasters & Accidents

Second survivor found near cargo ship that sank off Japan

Tokyo, Sep 5 (efe-epa).- The Japanese coast guards have found alive a second crewman from a cargo ship that capsized this week off the coast of Japan during a typhoon.

The rescued man, a 30-year-old Philippine national, was found drifting on a life raft during an aerial search on Friday, Japan’s coastguard said.

Jay-Nel Rosals was spotted about 2 km (1.2 miles) from the small island Kodakara (southwest of Japan), according to reports published collected this Saturday by newspapers such as Asahi and Mainichi.

Rosals, who has since been taken to a hospital, is the second confirmed survivor of the shipwreck so far.

The Japanese coast guards found another empty raft a few miles away during the same rescue operation when they located a body in the area where the livestock cargo ship with 43 crew members capsized in stormy seas.

A coast guard spokesman said the deceased, whose nationality was not disclosed, was found floating in a lifejacket around 120 km from the island of Amami Oshima, a remote island in the southwest of Japan.

The crew comprised 39 Filipinos, two New Zealanders, and two Australians, according to local media reports.

A Filipino crew member was pulled alive from the water early Wednesday.

He was transferred to a hospital on Amami Oshima, where he told authorities that he was the one to send the distress call early Wednesday when the cargo vessel ran into trouble in the rough seas as Typhoon Maysak swept through the region.

He told authorities that the Gulf Livestock 1 lost power in one of its engines and capsized when a strong wave hit the vessel side on.

The vessel was transporting almost 6,000 cattle from New Zealand to China when it sank around 185 km off the west coast of Amami Oshima.

Coast guards discovered several animal carcasses in the area, the spokesman said.

GulfLivestock 1 was built in 2012 and measures 134 meters in length.

Maysak drove a path over the Korean peninsula and caused damage in South Korea, where one person died in the adverse weather conditions. EFE-EPA

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