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Missing ship’s captain texted wife ‘praying for the typhoon to stop’

The ship capsized en-route from New Zealand to China and the search is still on for 40 crew members, Addug among them.

Three crewmen have been rescued so far, found on a life-raft. An unidentified man pulled unconscious from the water on Friday later died.

Australian vet Lukas Orda was one of two Australians on a ship, that has reportedly capsized off the coast of Japan.

Australian vet Lukas Orda was one of two Australians on a ship, that has reportedly capsized off the coast of Japan.Credit:Facebook

Japan’s coastguard on Saturday suspended its search for crew due to bad weather from a typhoon, a coastguard said.

The search continued through noon Japan time, without finding more crew, but vessels, airplanes and divers were pulled out due to bad weather, Junpei Sakaguchi, an officer at search and rescue division at the 10th regional maritime safety headquarters of Japan Coast Guard told Reuters by phone.

Two Australians and two NZ are among the mainly Filipino crew: Lucas Orda, a 25-year-old vet, and William Mainprize.

Chunanon learnt the ship was missing from a Facebook post by the wife of a crewman.

“My body was trembling that time,” she said. “Even if they lose internet connection, he finds a way to message me.”

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“I’m getting nervous while the time is running out,” she said.

Addug boarded the Gulf Livestock 1 in November 2019 and was due home next month to be reunited with his family and meet his four-month-old son for the first time.

“When I kept asking [the children] to pray with me, they asked why, then they saw me crying,” she said.

Chunanon said her eldest daughter, 6, saw her watching news about the ship and asked if her father was missing.

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“Last night she asked ‘has daddy been saved?'”

Liberty Seneres, wife of chief engineer, Aristotle Sabillena, said she received pictures of her husband’s cabin with items strewn across the floor, shortly before losing contact.

She urged the coastguard not to give up.

“I am praying he is still safe somewhere,” she said. “I asked the lord to give me a sign.”

“Keep searching for them. They’re alive somewhere.”

Captain Addug had earlier sent messages to his partner complaining of a headache and dizziness from powerful waves.

A satellite image released by NASA shows typhoon Maysak over Japan's southernmost islands on Tuesday.

A satellite image released by NASA shows typhoon Maysak over Japan’s southernmost islands on Tuesday.Credit:AP

He sent maps of the ship’s location in relation to the typhoon.

A few hours later, Chunanon saw his photos of the storm intensifying.

“I’m so worried, hopefully the typhoon will weaken,” she wrote.

“It is frightening,” he replied.

Soon after, he returned to the ship’s command, leaving his phone behind.

Her last message went unanswered.

“Hello my love, I’ll sleep now. How are you there? I hope and pray you are safe,” she wrote.

Reuters

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