Sea search for missing fishing boat off Devon coast

A search is under way after a fishing boat was reported missing off the Devon coast.

The boat was last seen at 6.25pm heading past Thatcher Rock - a small island a short distance from the mainland - across the water from Torquay. The vessel had been due back at Brixham harbour at 7pm.

Several search crews from across the south west of England have been called out to help with the operation.

Gale force winds of nearly 60mph had been reported off the coastline, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

We are currently carrying out an extensive land, air and sea search. We are doing everything we can to locate JCK, which has one person on board.

– Peter Davies, rescue centre manager at Brixham Coastguard