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Japan's search for crew of capsized cattle ship still suspended

A Filipino crew member believed to be onboard Gulf Livestock 1, a cargo ship carrying livestock and dozens of crew members that went missing after issuing a distress signal due to Typhoon Maysak, is rescued by a Japan Coast Guard boat during their search and rescue operation at the East China Sea, to the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan, in this handout photo taken on September 2, 2020 and provided by Japan Coast Guard. Picture taken September 2, 2020. 10th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters - Japan Coast Guard/Handout via REUTERS/Files

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s coastguard said on Monday that its search-and-rescue mission for 40 missing crew from a capsized cattle ship in the East China Sea remains suspended, with no timing set for resumption.

So far, two crewmen have been rescued, while another died after being found unconscious on Friday. Their ship, the Gulf Livestock 1, had sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan last Wednesday as Typhoon Maysak lashed the area with strong winds and heavy seas.

The search was suspended due to bad weather on Saturday, when Typhoon Haishen was headed towards southwestern Japan.

The ship had been carrying 43 crew members and nearly 6,000 cattle.

Reporting by Sakura Murakami; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Kim Coghill