Another survivor from missing livestock vessel found

Another person has been found alive on a life raft after a livestock ship sailing from New Zealand to China went missing.

The 30-year-old Filipino was spotted two kilometres from Kodakara Island in Japan's south, northeast of Taiwan and east of Shanghai, the Japanese Coast Guard told Newshub.

There were 43 people and nearly 6000 cows aboard the Gulf Livestock 1 vessel when it ran into trouble after Typhoon Maysak arrived.

The second person rescued alive, found unconscious by rescuers on Friday 120km from Amani Island, later died, according to Japanese reports.

Of the 43 crew, two were New Zealanders, two Australian and 39 Filipino. 

CNN reports the body of a cow was found on Amami Oshima island on Friday.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) said the vessel left Napier on August 14 bound for Jingtang, China, with 5867 cattle onboard.

The ship's disappearance came as the region was lashed by Typhoon Maysak, making rescue conditions particularly difficult. Rescuers are now scrambling to find survivors before another typhoon hits.

On Thursday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to the families of the New Zealanders onboard the ship.

Gulf Livestock 1, registered in Panama, is owned by Gulf Navigation Holdings.

Typhoon Maysak brought with it winds of up to 210km/h.