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Survivor: Livestock Boat with 42 crew Awakened off Japan coast

Japanese rescuers were searching Thursday for a livestock boat with 42 team members onboard a survivor said sank during rough weather a day before off a southern Japanese island, the coast guard said.

The Filipino crew member was rescued late Wednesday following Japanese navy P-3C surveillance aircraft seen him wearing a life vest and waving while bobbing in the water.

The guy, who’s in great health, told rescuers the boat capsized before sinking,” said spokesman Yuichiro Higashi in the Western coast guard’s regional headquarters running the hunt.

The 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 boat was taking 5,800 cows west of the western shore of Amami Oshima from the East China Sea as it delivered a distress call early Wednesday. The origin of the distress wasn’t immediately understood, but the weather has been demanding from the region because of Typhoon Maysak.

The typhoon has since passed the region and the weather throughout the continuing search is nice, Higashi stated.

The boat’s other team comprises 38 in the Philippines, two from New Zealand, and the other two from Australia.

The boat, owned by Gulf Navigation Holding located in the United Arab Emirates, left the port of Napier in northeastern New Zealand at mid-August and was on its way to the vent of Tangshan on China’s eastern shore.