Edvardo Sareno and Jay-Nel Rosals are the only survivors rescued thus far from a capsized livestock ship which was headed from New Zealand to China last week. The Gulf Livestock 1, with 43 crew members and over 5,800 cows aboard, hit rough waters from Typhoon Maysak and sunk near the coast of Japan last Wednesday. Sareno was found wearing a life jacket in the water near the small island of Kodakarajima on Wednesday, and Rosals was found aboard a life raft near Kodakara Island on Friday. The ship’s crew consisted of 38 Filipinos, two men from New Zealand, and two Australians.


    Gulf Navigation Holdings PJSC, the Dubai company operating the ship whose engine failed before sinking, originally “declined to comment” on the event but has since released a statement:

    “Our hearts go out to those onboard and their families at this time. We also express deep regret for the sad loss of the livestock on board. We pray that there are other survivors.”

    Gulf Navigation Holdings statement

    It was reported that the ship “already had a history of engine failure” and had been under review for “navigation and stability problems.” Animal rights activists argue that livestock should not be transported thus:

    “This is a real crisis, and our thoughts are with the families of the 43 crew who are missing with the ship. But questions remain, including why this trade is allowed to continue.”

    Marianne Macdonald, Campaign Manager for SAFE NZ animal rights group

    The Japanese coast guard and Philippine government conducted multiple searches and recovered the body of another unidentified crew member, who was later confirmed dead. They also found “dozens of cow carcasses,” as well. Searches were temporarily suspended due to the typhoon on Monday, but have since resumed. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it remains “hopeful that other…crew members will soon be found.”

    CORRECTION: This article has been updated to say that Edvardo Sareno and Jay-Nel Rosals are the only survivors discovered thus far, correcting our previous error stating they were the only survivors. Additionally, the title was corrected to indicate “40 Crew Members Missing.”

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