‘We beg you not to stop looking’: Vet’s parents’ plea
The parents of Lukas Orda have made an emotional plea for the search for the missing crew of the Gulf Livestock 1 to resume.
Lukas has been missing for seven days after a the ship was struck by a large wave in the middle of a typhoon in the East China Sea.
The Japanese Coast Guard has been searching for crew who were thrown overboard, but have now announced the search will be scaled back as it returns to normal operations.
But Lukas' parents, Dr Ulrich and Sabine Orda, say the search cannot stop because they hold hope Lukas will be found alive.
"We are extremely concerned about the search being suspended or called off," Dr Orda said.
"Especially since the people who were on the vessel are still out at sea.
"Now, where the second typhoon having passed, finding survivors remains a top priority.
"We are speaking with our hearts in our hands, as a wife of a fix month old son, as parents, parents-in-law and family, we beg you not to stop looking for Lukas and the other people lost at sea.
"Australia has repeatedly faced overwhelming odds and continues to prevail.
"We implore you not to give up on the chance of there being survivors. We urge Australia, and other nations to join forces in order to continue the search after the Japanese Government made such a tremendous effort to find out loved ones."
The family has started a petition, calling on the federal government to push for a wider search.
Dr Orda called on all countries in the vicinity to continue to search for the missing crew.
Kennedy MP Bob Katter, who is still in quarantine after going to federal parliament last month, has been speaking to the foreign affairs department on behalf of the family.
State Traeger MP Robbie Katter said there was still hope for more survivors.
"On the evidence that's there at the moment I think there's a very good reason to keep searching," he said.
"Four lifeboats are still unaccounted for out there and people can live for up to 30 days on lifeboat.
"These people could have moved 1000 kilometres from the spot (Gulf Livestock 1 was hit by the wave).
"So, if (anyone) was gonna have any hope you'd have to extend expand the dimensions of that search, and in fact the opposite has been done and it's effectively being cancelled.
"It's quite likely there could be some boats, with people on those boats, waiting for people to come and help them."
Mr Katter said the Orda family could not wait another weekend while the search was called off and more needed to be done now.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted.
Originally published as 'We beg you not to stop looking': Vet's parents' plea