Prayers for the crew of the Purbeck Isle

Floral tributes left at the quayside in Weymouth Credit: ITV Meridian

A minute's silence has been observed this morning as church congregations in Dorset gave 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 or heard from since leaving Weymouth on their 36ft "potter" boat 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.

Revd Franklin said "Many of us are very upset and devastated by this news. There will be a great deal of sadness and unhappiness as a result of this.

"But I think a lot of people will show support to one another. There's a place of prayer in the church and that clearly has been well used over the past couple of days."

The Purbeck Isle was reported missing shortly after 5.30pm on Thursday.

Helen Plint was in Weymouth today to see how a community is grieving.