Fisherman Found Dead

An Exmouth lifeboat crew have found a body of a man off the coast near Torquay after a fishing boat went missing in gale force winds yesterday evening.

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Full report: Torquay Fisherman's death

It's thought a fisherman who died off the South Devon coast in gale force winds wasn't wearing a lifejacket or an emergency radio beacon. A huge air and sea search was launched last night after the fishing boat failed to return to Torquay harbour.

A body was recovered by lifeboats this morning. Many people from the local fishing community joined in the search - tonight they are left mourning the loss of one of their own. Watch John Andrews report.


Coastguards still searching for missing fishing boat off Torquay

Brixham Coastguard is still coordinating the search for the 19ft fishing boat 'J.C.K.'. It was due back at around 7pm and was last seen passing Thatcher Rock at approximately 6.25pm.

The following units are currently involved in the search; Torbay and Berry Head Coastguard Rescue Teams, Torbay RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats, Exmouth and Teignmouth RNLI lifeboats, and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter's from Portland and RNAS Culdrose.

There are another three vessels in the area also helping. The weather conditions this evening have been gale force, south westerly winds 24 mph gusting 58 mph.

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

– Peter Davies, Rescue Centre Manager at Brixham Coastguard


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