Fishermen deaths "an accident" says Coroner

A report into the deaths of three fishermen who drowned when their boat - the Purbeck Isle - sank off the coast of Dorset has found their life-raft was stored incorrectly.

Inquest says Purbeck Isle tragedy was an accident

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

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Calls for more safety measures after death of fishermen

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:

Incorrectly installed life-raft caused fishermen's deaths

The three fishermen died when their vessel sank a year ago Credit: ITV Westcountry

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.