By Ian Noble For Mailonline
Published: 16:36 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 16:37 BST, 4 September 2020
Water flooded onto terrified crewmen as they fought to save a stricken live export ship that capsized in stormy waters in the East China Sea.
The 11,947-ton Australian-owned Gulf Livestock One was carrying 43 crew and 5,800 cows when it got into trouble on Wednesday.
The vessel left New Zealand on August 14 and was due into the Port of Jingtang in Tangshan, China, today.
As the vessel headed across the East China Sea it began to flounder and the crew battled to keep it afloat.
Seawater invaded the interior of the Gulf Livestock One and ran over the electrics and machinery during its final few hours.
Seawater floods into the Gulf Livestock One shortly before it capsized in the east China Sea
Crew on the doomed ship struggle to keep it afloat in the East China Sea
Flooding water made conditions slippery underfoot as the crew, of 39 from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia, fought in vain to save the doomed ship.
Typhoon Maysak was blowing by southern Japan when the ship sank. The ship's instruments showed that it was sailing into high winds of 56 knots or 66 miles an hour.
The captain of Gulf Livestock One sent a distress call to the Japanese Coast Guard at about 1.20am on Wednesday.