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Funeral in Weymouth of Purbeck Isle skipper

Family and friends have gathered to remember the skipper of a fishing boat that sank off the coast of Portland in Dorset. Thirty-five year old David McFarlane, known as "Farley", from Weymouth drowned when the Purbeck Isle got into difficulties almost two weeks ago.

The bodies of his crew, Jack Craig and Robert Prowse, have not been found. Richard Slee reports.


Funeral of Purbeck Isle skipper

David McFarlane was the skipper of the Purbeck Isle Credit: Dorset Police

The funeral of the skipper of a Weymouth fishing boat which sank off the Dorset coast is taking place today.

35 year old David McFarlane was one of three men on board The Purbeck Isle, which went missing on 17th May.

His body was recovered at sea by the coastguard the following day.

The father-of-three, nicknamed Farley, will be laid to rest at Weymouth's Holy Trinity Church, Town Bridge.

Body found is missing skipper

A body recovered from the sea off the coast of Dorset has been identified as the skipper of the Purbeck Isle fishing boat, David McFarlane.

35 year old Mr McFarlane, from Weymouth, was one of three on board the boat which went missing on Thursday.

Mr McFarlane's family have asked for privacy as they come to terms with his loss.

The wreck of Purbeck Isle has been identified as lying ten miles off the coast of Portland.

Survey ship the Odyssey Explorer discovered the wreck at a depth of 50 metres.