Japan Coast Guard stops search ops for crew of missing cargo vessel
Robie de Guzman • September 10, 2020 • 854
MANILA, Philippines – The Japanese Coast Guard has ended its full-time search operations for the missing crew of a cargo vessel that sank off southwestern Japan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday.
In a statement, the DFA said the Japanese Coast Guard has transitioned to its usual patrol arrangements as they have found no trace of the ship since Sept. 5.
“The DFA joins the families and loved ones in continued prayers for the missing seafarers,” it said.
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 vessel was carrying 43 crew members, 39 of whom are Filipinos.
The Japanese Coast Guard earlier found the remains of a Filipino sailor, while two were rescued.
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