Young Gold Coast father onboard ship that capsized after typhoon in Japan

A young Gold Coast father has been identified as one of the two Aussies onboard a ship that’s gone missing off the coast of Japan.

The live export ship ‘Gulf Livestock 1’ reportedly sent a distress signal when Typhoon Maysak hit the East China Sea, with the Japanese Coast Guard still searching for the vessel.

Local media reports the ship was travelling in waters west of Amani Oshima Island, south west Japan, when the signal was sent.


25-year-old Lukas Orda, a Gold Coast vet, has been named as one of the two Australians on board the ship that was transporting almost 6,000 cattle.

He is newly married with a six-month-old baby, and until recently had worked for Gold Coast Equine Clinic.

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The other Australian is believed to be a stock handler. The pair are amongst 42 people still missing.

Chief executive of Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, has spoken to ABC, telling them they’re waiting anxiously for news.

“It is a very close-knit community the live stock industry both here and in New Zealand, so everyone is very concerned about the situation and we’re just hoping for the best,” he told ABC radio.

The Japanese Coast Guard is continuing to search waters near the Amani Oshima Island, after rescuing one crew member late last night, a Filipino man, who was wearing a life jacket.

He told them that the boat had capsized due to a freak wave, before sinking.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing assistance to the families of the Australians missing.