The plight of Tasmanian William Mainprize, missing in Japanese waters after a livestock carrier capsized has been raised in State Parliament.
Independent member for Launceston Rosemary Armitage asked if the government was still pursuing the Australian Government over the search for 27-year-old Mr Mainprize.
He was one of 43 crew members onboard the Gulf Livestock 1 which was struck by Typoon Haishen earlier this month.
“What is the precise nature of what the government is doing in relation to the critical time factors involved in the search? Ms Armitage asked.
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Leader for the government, Leonie Hiscutt said the Tasmanian Government had sought information updates from the Australian Government.
“These have been passed on at the family’s request and the government has advocated for the Australian Government to continue working with the Japanese government in relation to the sinking of the Gulf Livestock 1 ship,” Ms Hiscutt said.
“The Tasmanian government will continue discussions with the Australian Government in relation to this matter.”
A change.org petition was launched by Mr Mainprize’s friends and family, demanding full-scale search efforts resume.
The Japanese Coast Guard has been criticised for downgrading the search for the missing sailors to a regular patrol after finding no further signs of survival.
Two men were found during air and sea searches though one of them reportedly later died in Hospital.