Rescuers in Japan were searching on Thursday for a ship carrying 43 crew and nearly 6,000 cattle that were feared sunk after it sent a distress signal during stormy weather in the East China Sea.
The crew member, who was found drifting in a life jacket, said the ship had capsized.
The Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress signal from the East China Sea after being caught up in Typhoon Maysak.
The search for the rest of the crew and ship continues but has so far failed to find any more survivors.
The crew of the freighter includes 39 seamen from the Philippines, two from New Zealand and two from Australia.
According to the Japanese coastguard, the man rescued is one of the Filipino crew, who said the ship’s engine failed before it capsized after being hit by a wave.
Eduardo Sareno, the vessel’s 45-year-old chief officer, said the crew had been instructed to put on lifejackets and that he jumped into the water.
He said he did not see any other crew members before he was rescued, according to BBC reports.