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.
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
An air and sea search is underway for a missing fishing boat off the coast of Torquay.
Four lifeboats and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose are involved - one person is thought to be on board the vessel which was reported missing when it didn't return to harbour. The search is being coordinated by Brixham Coastguards.