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Empty lifeboat found in search for survivors of sunken livestock ship

A full sea and aerial search will resume today for crew members of a livestock ship that sank off the coast of Japan last week.

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Two New Zealanders were among the crew of the ship which sank during a typhoon. Source: Breakfast

An empty life raft was found on a small Japanese Island overnight but there were no signs of survivors.

Search operations are expected to resume this morning (NZT), after the search was suspended after a second typhoon in the area in the space of a week hampered search efforts.

Two New Zealanders were among 43 crew members and 5800 cattle aboard Gulf Livestock 1 when it got into trouble during a typhoon and sent a distress call last Wednesday.  

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Two survivors have been rescued so far, while another died after being found unconscious.

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