An Australian live export ship has disappeared off the Japanese coast after being hit by a dangerous typhoon.
Two Australians, two New Zealanders along with 39 people from the Philippines are on board the vessel as well as 5,800 head of cattle.
The Japanese coast guard are now searching for the Gulf Livestock 1 that sent a distress signal after being hit by the typhoon in the East China Sea on Wednesday.
A lifeboat and a Filipino crew member were found drifting in the water on Wednesday night, the ABC reported.
The Gulf Livestock 1 has gone missing in the East China Sea carrying 43 crew on board along with 5,800 cattle
A Filipino crew member believed to be on board the Gulf Livestock 1 is rescued by Japanese Coast Guard teams
The crew member had not sustained any life-threatening injuries.
The vessel had left New Zealand on August 14 and was due to arrive at the Port of Jingtang in Tangshan, China on Friday.
Rescue teams are continuing their search for the ship but are struggling against strong winds and rain from Typhoon Maysak.
Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said he was made aware of the ships’ disappearance on Wednesday night, the NZ Herald reported.
‘I very much hope all the crew on board are safe. My thoughts are with their families; this will be a very difficult time for them as the search continues,’ he said.
‘Officials from MPI [Ministry for Primary Industries] are working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the exporter. I am awaiting an update on the situation.’
The Gulf Livestock 1 had been travelling west of the Amami Oshima island in south-western Japan before it went missing.