Livestock ship carrying 42 crew missing off southern Japan

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In this photo released by the 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, a Filipino crewmember of a Panamanian cargo ship is rescued by Japanese Coast Guard members in the waters off the Amami Oshima, Japan Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Japanese rescuers have safely plucked the crewmember from the sea while searching for the cargo ship carrying more than 40 crew and thousands of cows went missing after sending a distress call off the southern Japanese island. (The 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters via AP)

TOKYO (AP) β€” Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for a livestock ship with 42 crew members on board that sent a distress signal during rough weather off southern Japan.

The Coast Guard safely rescued a Filipino crew member from the waters late Wednesday after Japanese navy P-3C surveillance aircraft spotted the man wearing a life vest and waving while bobbing up and down in the water. The crew member is able to walk and in good health, Coast Guard officials said.

The 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 ship was carrying 5,800 cows west of the western coast of Amami Oshima in the East China Sea when it sent the distress call in the early hours of Wednesday.

The cause of the distress was not immediately known, but the weather was rough in the area due to Typhoon Maysak.

The other crew include 38 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and another two from Australia.

The Panamanian ship left the port of Nepier in northeastern New Zealand on Tuesday and was on its way to the port of Tangshan on China’s eastern coast, Coast Guard officials said.

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