Two minute silence to be held in Newhaven for crew of fishing boat

Tributes paid to fisherman missing off Newhaven Credit: ITV Meridian

The community in Newhaven is asked to join a two minute silence this evening for the crew of a fishing boat - one of whom is still missing.

Divers searching the wreck of the sunken boat discovered a body on Tuesday.

Sussex Police confirmed they believe it to be that of Adam Harper, 26, from Brixham who has one of the two fishermen reported missing when their boat sank on Saturday.

The second man - Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire - is still missing.

The skipper of the scalloping boat, the Joanna C, was rescued after he was found clinging to a buoy on Saturday morning. He has been named locally as Dave Bickerstaff.

Lifeboats based at Eastbourne and Newhaven were leading the effort Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

At Brixham in Devon, where the Joanna C is registered, people have left candles, cards and flowers at the harbourside. 

Nick Gentry, Navigator on the RNLI Newhaven Lifeboat, said his thoughts are with the families of the fishermen.

The MP for Newhaven says the tragedy has brought the two seafaring communities even closer than they already were.

Maria Caulfield is the MP for Lewes. Credit: ITV Meridian

Online appeals are raising money for their families.