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Hopes fading fast for 36 Pinoys

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Thirty-six Filipino crewmen are still missing (and feared dead) after their cargo vessel, the Panama-flagged Gulf Livestock 1, sank in the stormy seas off southwestern Japan.

Wire reports said the ship – which was carrying 6,000 cows and 43 crew, including 39 Pinoys – was going to China from New Zealand when it made a distress call as Typhoon Maysak was bearing down on the Korean peninsula.


The Japanese coast guard located only one crewmember, chief officer Eduardo Sareno, who was floating in the icy waters wearing only a life jacket.


Sareno told rescuers one of the boat’s engines had stalled when a huge wave smashed into its side, causing it to capsize and sink. He said he had not seen any others who were able to jump off the crippled ship before it plunged into the depths.


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