THE Japanese Coast Guard on Friday said they were still searching for more than 40 crew members who went missing after a ship carrying cattle from New Zealand to China capsized in stormy weather in the East China Sea.
One of the Pinoy crews identified as Sereno Edvarodo, 45, chief officer, was rescued on Wednesday night.
As of Thursday evening, he was still the only person rescued so far, while some cattle bodies had been recovered.
The 43 people were made up of 39 people from the Philippines, two from New Zealand, and two from Australia, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard quoted Edvarodo as saying the ship lost an engine before it was hit by a wave and capsized.
UAE-based Gulf Navigation issued a statement saying the Panamanian-flagged Gulf Livestock 1 was their vessel.
“Our hearts go out to those on board and their families at this time,” said a Gulf Navigation spokesman.
“We also express deep regret for the sad loss of the livestock on board. We are monitoring the situation closely and working closely with those involved in rescue efforts. We pray that there are other survivors.” he added.
Three vessels, four airplanes, and two divers are taking part in the search.