Family Begs Resumption of Search for 40 Men Missing Near Japan after Capsized Freighter | World news


The sister of one of 40 men who went missing at sea near Japan pleaded with authorities to resume their search, saying she believed her brother was alive eight days after his freighter capsized in a typhoon.

William Mainprize, a 27-year-old Australian, was a senior breeder aboard the football-sized vessel with 42 others and 6,000 cattle when you consider he has sunk off Amami Oshima Island in southwestern Japan.

His sister, Emily Hastings, described Mr. Mainprize as “the warmest person you will meet”.

He has been described as kind and compassionate. Pic: provided

“For him not to contribute to the world, to stop having his mark on it would be a serious tragedy, so we really hope it doesn’t and we’ll do whatever we can to get the research done. and rescue, ”she said.

Two survivors and a body have been found since the vessel Gulf Livestock 1 capsized in winds of 125 mph. Having found no one since last Friday, the Japanese coastguard stopped their search on Wednesday.

Sky News saw Mr Mainprize’s latest WhatsApp messages sent to his family, in which he sought to allay their concern over the approaching typhoon.

The last message was a response to his sister Sarah asking him to tell them when he “got it”, saying “it scares me”.

He replied, “Will do Sar. ”

” It should be fine! We are a big boat, ”he added, before sending a message with the emoji of a wave and a boat.

These are the last messages the family received

Ms Hastings said the WhatsApp family group was very active, so they “were really scared” when it went offline.

“He also messaged friends saying the boat was floating sideways and taking on water and he was really scared,” she said.

It is believed that at this time, the typhoon swept through the ship causing a distress call. Rescued crew members said the engine had shut off and a huge wave hit, causing the vessel to capsize and sinking.

Since the two survivors said they were the last names to call the control room after the distress call, Ms Hastings said she had ‘reason to believe that with the rescue boats and by the time Will had to prepare, he and many others could really still be there.

“The survivors shared that they were wearing life jackets, and that was after the distress call, so they would have been prepared to use lifeboats at this point. ”

She added that Mr. Mainprize was a “survivalist,” who was on the ship tending to livestock, but in his usual job he led rescues and adventure trips in the Australian outback.

“If he was there, he would take care of the safety of others,” she said.

Will Mainprize is described as a
Mr. Mainprize is a “survivalist,” his sister said. Photo: provided

“He’s so kind and compassionate. This handsome young man of 27 years old. I’m 18 months older than him and we were like twins growing up. If you spend time with him, you feel like a better person. ”

A petition calling for resumption of research, launched by the family of a 25-year-old New Zealander who is also missing, has collected more than 8,000 signatures.

Ms Hastings said the support was “really lasting” but her family’s goal was to get the authorities to act.

Saved man cries after being saved

This crew member was rescued from the missing ship

“All the support is really sustainable at the moment,” she said. “Our real goal is to trigger search and rescue. There are resources available to add to this. We just hope it provokes action.

“We know the search has been suspended due to weather conditions, but as far as I know calm is again, we hope the Japanese Coast Guard will start their search again. ”

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“This is a time sensitive issue and there are things that can and should be done. There is nothing to suggest that they are not yet there. ”

Rescuers found an empty overturned orange lifeboat floating in the sea, with no sign of anyone on board, as well as a life jacket and cattle carcasses near where the ship had sunk.


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