To remind, MV “Gulf Livestock 1” had 43 crewmembers onboard when lost on passage from Napier, New Zealand to the Chinese Port of Tangshan, due to a typhoon moving across the region.
In light of the situation, Japan Coast Guard managed to rescue two out of the 43 missing crew.
The search for survivors, involving Coast Guard vessels and aircraft, continued through September 4, but was called off with the approach of very strong Typhoon Haishem.
Following there, aerial searches were conducted by the Japanese Coast Guard on September 7th, 8th and 9th.
The search was finally called off at sunset on September 9th, with no further clues found as to survivors. The Japanese Coast Guard state, however, that regular patrols by aircraft and boats will be maintained with any new information immediately passed to the Authorities in the Philippine, as the company noted.
We thank the Japanese Coast Guard for their tireless search and rescue work. All our condolences go out to the family of the seafarer whose body was found by the Coast Guard and we are deeply saddened that despite all the searches only two survivors have so far been found. We hope and pray that others will have somehow survived this tragic incident. Our thoughts and heartfelt sympathy go out to all family members and friends who are waiting at home still hoping for good news, as we all are.
….a spokesman for the owners of the MV “Gulf Livestock 1” said.
Concluding, 40 crew members and 5.800 cows remain missing and are presumed dead.