THE Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday night confirmed that a crew member of the ill-fated cattle ship found unconscious by the Japanese Coast Guard last September 4 and later pronounced dead was among the Filipino crew of the cargo ship that sank last week.
The 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 travelling from Napier, New Zealand to Tangshan port in China carrying more than 5, 000 cows had 43 crew members, 39 of them Filipinos.
As of yesterday, two Filipino crew members of the ship had been rescued, one of them the 45-year-old chief officer, Sareno Edvarodo, who was identified by the Japanese Coast Guard last week. The other two Filipinos were not identified.
“A verification of the remains of the unidentified person found on September 4 has been made. The deceased was confirmed to be of Filipino nationality,” the DFA said.
It added that the “family of the deceased has cooperated in identifying the remains.”
The DFA said search and rescue operations by Japan’s Coast Guard on Monday yielded no bodies or survivors.