Australian live export ship believed capsized after typhoon

The Japanese coastguard is searching for a missing live export ship after a typhoon hit waters south west of Japan.

One crew member has been rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard today, however the welfare of the rest of those on-board remains unknown, according to a report from RNZ.

The rescued crew member told rescuers the ship, Gulf Livestock 1, had suffered engine failure during the typhoon, before it capsized after being hit by a freak wave.

On board the missing vessel are two Australians and two New Zealanders, as well as a crew including 39 people from the Philippines and one person from Singapore according to The New Zealand Herald. Also on board are about 5800 head of cattle.

The search efforts are being affected by Typhoon Maysak. The cargo ship went missing after sending a distress signal during the typhoon, while in the East China Sea.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told news.com.au they were in contact with the families of the crew members on board.

"The Australian Government is providing consular assistance to the families of two Australian crew members on board a cargo vessel reported missing in Japanese waters," DFAT said in a statement. "Owing to our privacy obligations we are unable to provide further comment."

An infrared satellite of Maysak. Picture: NASA MODIS Source:Supplied
An infrared satellite of Maysak. Picture: NASA MODIS Source:Supplied

 

The Gulf Livestock 1 is missing in waters south west of Japan. Picture: Vesselfinder.com
The Gulf Livestock 1 is missing in waters south west of Japan. Picture: Vesselfinder.com

 

 

The ship is en route to China after departing from Napier in New Zealand on August 14. It was expected to arrive in China on September 3.

The live export ship was in waters west of Amami Oshima Island in south west Japan, according to a report from Japan's public broadcaster NHK.

About 7pm Japanese time NHK reported a sea patrol plane had spotted a life jacket in the waters, as well as an object that looked like a lifeboat.

Originally published as Australian ship missing after typhoon


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