Fundraising appeal for missing Brixham fishermen raises more than £20,000

JOANA C Brixham fishing boat credit Martin Johns/Fishing News
Three people were onboard the scalloping fishing vessel Joanna C when it sunk off the Sussex coast. Credit: Martin Johns/Fishing News

A fundraiser set up in memory of two Brixham fishermen has raised more than £20,000.

Scalloping fishing vessel Joanna C sank off the Sussex coast in the early hours of Saturday morning (November 21).

Despite an extensive search, two fishermen - Adam Harper, 26, and Robert Morley, 38 - are still missing and are feared dead.

The memorial has become a focal point for the community desperate to pull together in the face of such sadness . Credit: ITV News West Country

Skipper Dave Bickerstaff, 34, was found clinging to a lifebuoy and rescued by the Newhaven lifeboat. He is recovering in hospital.

Coastguards confirmed yesterday afternoon that the search for the other two crew members had been called off.

Flowers have been laid as a tribute to the fisherman Credit: ITV News West Country

Flowers have been laid as a tribute to the fisherman with locals saying they wanted to honour the risks fisherman continually take to provide for them.

Former fisherman and owner of Joanna C vessel Tony Rowe, 40, launched the online fundraiser after hearing the boat had sunk.

The initial £1,000 target was quickly surpassed and has reached close to £16,500 (as of 17:52 on 23 November).

To make a donation click here.