A first survivor was found on Wednesday evening, with the body of a second crew member recovered at sea Friday.
A second crew member was found floating unconscious on Friday morning near Japan's Amami Oshima island, about midway between Okinawa and Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island.
In this photo released by the 10th Regional Japan Coast Guard Headquarters, a Filipino crewmember of a Panamanian cargo ship is rescued by Japanese Coast Guard members in the waters off the Amami Oshima, Japan Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020.
The ship, with a cargo of almost 6,000 cattle, sent a distress call from the west of Amami Oshima island in southwestern Japan as Typhoon Maysak whipped up strong winds and heavy seas.More news: Novak Djokovic disqualified from the US Open
Japan's coastguard said three vessels, five aircraft and two divers had been deployed in the ongoing search, which was taking place on Thursday in good weather after the typhoon completed its passage through the area.
Japan's coastguard has suspended its search for crew missing from a cattle ship in the East China Sea due to bad weather from a typhoon.
The third rescued crewman, 30-year-old Filipino Jay-nel Rosals, was found on a life raft waving for help 2km off Kodakarajima, a small island in Japan's southern Kagoshima prefecture.
"I'm so sorry. [I'm] so lucky", Sareno said, according to the AP.
The crew of the freighter included 39 people from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia. The 45-year-old said that the rough seas had already caused the ship to lose an engine and that the crew had been instructed to put on life jackets.
And the search was continuing for 41 other crew members who remain missing.More news: Steroids Can Fight Severe COVID-19, Multiple Studies Confirm
"Thank you, thank you".
"I am the only one?"
It was carrying 5867 live cattle on its way to China, and the cause of the distress call was not immediately known.
Just after 4 p.m. local time (3 a.m.) on Friday - around the same time that Rosals was located - rescuers found an empty lifeboat further out to sea, at around four kilometers east of Kodakara Island.
"I know Jacinda [Ardern] was up there saying that she understands that there's support in place; that is not true, we have not heard from the government at all, not nothing".
Margaret Macdonald, from the New Zealand animal rights organisation SAFE, said the disaster highlighted the dangers of the live animal export trade.More news: US military sticks with Microsoft for US$10 billion Jedi cloud contract
Another typhoon - nicknamed Haishen - is reportedly brewing south of Japan and is expected to hit the Korean coast on Sunday, 6 September.