Japan Coast Guard searching for missing ship with 39 Filipino sailors
Robie de Guzman • September 3, 2020 • 669
MANILA, Philippines – The search operations of the Japanese Coast Guard for a missing livestock vessel with 43 crew members onboard is still ongoing, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo and the Philippine Consulate General in Osaka, the DFA confirmed reports that a Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel went missing off southwestern Japan.
The DFA said the Japanese Coast Guard already deployed patrol boats and airplanes to conduct the search for the missing ship.
The vessel is reportedly carrying 43 crew members, 39 of whom are Filipinos.
So far, one Filipino was reported to have been rescued by the Japanese Coast Guard.
Reports said the 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 ship was carrying 5,800 cows west of the western coast of Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture when it made a distress call on September 2. The cause of the distress is still unknown but the weather and seas were rough in the area due to Typhoon Maysak.
The DFA said the Consulate General in Osaka is monitoring the situation.
The Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Osaka is also coordinating with local manning agency, Korphil Ship Management and Manning Corp. in ascertaining the condition of the Filipino seafarers. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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