On the morning of June 5 (local time), the Yagagi Maru, which was under way from Japan toward Newcastle, New South Wales, received an SOS from the Mehitable which was in distress about 40 miles away, they also received a request from the Australian coast guard at the same time. The Yahagi Maru immediately rushed to the site. At 14:40, the vessel rescued two people, and transferred them to the coast guard at 8:10 on Wednesday, June 6, off Brisbane.
[Profile of Yahagi Maru]
Gross tonnage: 55,553 tons
Crew members: 2 Japanese, 19 Filipinos, 3 Vietnamese (total 24)