7:19 pm, Wed 09 Oct 2013
Three fishermen who lost their lives aboard the Purbeck Isle died accidently, an inquest has found.
The decision was reached by a jury in Dorchester.
The poor condition of the boat also contributed to the deaths of David Macfarlane, Jack Craig and Robert Prowse.
The vessel went missing in May 2012.
The Purbeck Isle
Credit: ITV News West Country
5:20 pm, Thu 02 May 2013
A report into the deaths of three fishermen from Weymouth has concluded they may have been saved if their life raft had been stowed correctly.
All three drowned when their boat sank off Portland last year.
The report also found that the 'Purbeck Isle' was heavily loaded and in an extremely poor condition. Watch Laura Makin-Isherwood's report.
3:20 pm, Thu 02 May 2013
A man who lost his son at sea says tighter safety regulations should be introduced to prevent further tragedy.
Peter Prowse's son, Robert, died along with two crewmen when their boat, the Purbeck Isle, sank. A report said a lifeboat had not been correctly fitted. His body was never found.
2:19 pm, Thu 02 May 2013
A report into the deaths of three fishermen who drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Dorset has found their life-raft was stored incorrectly.
The Purbeck Isle went down 9 miles off Portland last May. The boat's skipper, David McFarlane, and his two crewmen died.
An accident report found the life-raft failed to inflate, but had it been stored correctly it's likely the men would have been saved.
Andy Alcock from the Weymouth and Portland Licenced Fisherman's Association says more needs to be done to make sure boats that sail are sea-worthy:
7:22 am, Thu 02 May 2013
The three fishermen died when their vessel sank a year ago
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An accident report says three fishermen died when their vessel sank, because their incorrectly stowed life-raft failed to float free and automatically inflate.
The three men had set off from Weymouth on the wooden potting 'Purbeck Isle' vessel when it foundered nine miles off Portland Bill in May last year.
Had the liferaft floated free and inflated it was "entirely possible" that the fishing boat's skipper David McFarlane, 35, and his crewmen, Jack Craig, 21, and Robert Prowse, 20, would have been saved, the report said.