A fundraising campaign has been launched by a previous owner of the Brixham fishing vessel which sunk off the Sussex coast with two fisherman lost at sea.
There were three men were aboard the 45-foot scalloping vessel called Joanna C when it sank off Newhaven in East Sussex in the early hours of yesterday morning, November 22.
One person was found clinging to a lifebuoy, recovered from the water by the Newhaven lifeboat and transferred to hospital.
The search began at 6am yesterday with HM Coastguard receiving an alert from the emergency beacon of the vessel, around three nautical miles off the coast at Seaford.
At one point the Coastguard was coordinating as many as 14 sea vessels, and some boats. The search was halted overnight and has since resumed.
Former fisherman Tony Rowe, 40, of Brixham, was shocked to not only hear of the news but to discover the boat was one has previously owned.
Tony was at sea for 10 years and owned the Joanna C vessel for around five years up until 2006. The boat was based in Brixham and Tony sold it when he decided to stop being a fisherman.
After hearing the boat had sunk and the search for the fisherman, Tony has decided to launch a GoFundMe online fundraiser to raise funds for all those affected.
It started this morning and has already raised more than £380. The target is £1,000.
Tony said: “It was quite surreal when I heard the news yesterday, and that the boat I owned and went to sea on and lived on was gone. I am just praying they find the missing two crew.
“I didn’t personally know them, but last night I lit a candle for them. Fishing is a dangerous job and it’s a times like these you realise the true value of fish.
“You can see from social media and just looking outside my window how much of an impact it has had on everyone, not just the local community but those who visit Brixham.
“I’m raising money in aid of The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen so they can distribute to help all those affected.
“Our prayers are with those directly involved and the wider community who all have been affected in some way.
“The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen provide emergency support and practical, financial, emotional and spiritual support to fishermen and their families.”
To make a donation click here.
The latest updates on the search can be found here.