A stunning piece of sand art dedicated to the lost fisherman appeared on Torre Abbey Sands over the weekend.
Eye-witness, Edit Karaszi who captured the mesmerising piece of art on camera, says it was created by well-known Torbay resident Geoffrey Ward, also known as ‘The Sandyman’.
She said: ”He is an awesome talent, he draws everything without measurement, sometimes only using footsteps.”
Early on the the morning of November 21, 45-foot Brixham scalloper Joanna C went down off the Sussex coast.
Three men were aboard, Skipper Dave Bickerstaff was rescued by the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat after clinging to a buoy for several hours, but crewman Robert Morley has not been found.
The body of crewman Adam Harper, from Brixham, was found by divers in his bunk inside the boat.
Heartbroken residents in Brixham left cards and lit candles beside the town’s renowned statue, in the hope of the safe return of the lost fisherman.
Geoffrey ‘The Sandyman’ Ward who is understood to have created the sand-art, has become a living legend in Devon, creating his iconic pictures in the sand at low tide on Torre Abbey Sands.
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Geoff moved to Torquay after being seriously injured in a traffic accident. Since then he has been homeless for 18 months and suffered a serious stroke two-and-a-half years ago.
Back in February Geoff told Devon Live that his sand art has been therapy which has helped him recover – strangely he believes that the stroke helped him and says he finds it easier to make his creations since then, even though he lost a lot of the use of his predominant right arm and has had to learn to be ambidextrous.
Edit said: ”I think he’s [Geoff Ward] one of the most popular people in Torquay, because of his beautiful sand art.
”He used to draw special things for special occasions as remembrance or just for love.
”He really likes to make people happy and pleased.
”From the beginning of this pandemic he was creating messages with his drawings asking the people to help the NHS.
” I can’t tell you how amazing this man is, he is worthy of a reward.”