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Mother of lost fisherman makes safety plea

The mother of a fisherman who died in the Purbeck Isle tragedy off the coast of Dorset is urging all those at sea to wear lifejackets. Robert Prowse died when his Weymouth fishing vessel went to work two years ago, but never returned.

His body has never been found. Today a campaign has been started to encourage the 12,000 UK fishermen to think about their safety before setting out to sea. Francesca Carpenter reports.

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


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.


Prayers for the crew of the Purbeck Isle

The wreck of the Purbeck Isle was found yesterday Credit: ITV News

A minute's silence will be observed this morning as church congregations in Dorset give prayer to the crew of a sunken fishing boat.

The wreck of the Purbeck Isle was discovered yesterday lying 10 miles off Portland at a depth of 50 metres. The boat's life raft was found with it on the seabed.

The body of skipper David McFarlane, 35, was found on Friday whilst the search for two of the missing fishermen was called off yesterday afternoon.

The missing fishermen - named locally as Robert Prowse, 23, and Jack Craig, 22 - have not been seen since leaving Weymouth on Thursday morning.

The Reverend Richard Franklin of the Holy Trinity Weymouth with St Nicholas in Weymouth said a minute's silence would be observed in services at the church today.

Hopes fade for missing fishermen

Hopes are fading for three Weymouth fishermen missing since Thursday morning, after coastguards found an object on the sea bed.

The men have been named locally as 37-year-old skipper David McFarland, crewman Robert Prowse, 23, and Jack Craig, 22.

They have not been seen or heard from since leaving Weymouth on their 36ft boat, the Purbeck Isle.

Searches have been underway off the Dorset coast since they were reported missing at around 6pm on Thursday.

Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman Fred Caygill said teams are hoping to send down specialist equipment to look at an object, a similar size to that of the Purbeck Isle, discovered on the sea bed by a survey ship with sonar equipment.