Police have confirmed that they have located a body of one of the two Brixham fisherman whose boat sank at the weekend.

Divers searched the wreck of the boat last night (Monday, November 23) which capsized off the south of Newhaven in Sussex of Saturday morning, November 21.

Sussex Police has confirmed that the body has been identified as Adam Harper, 26, from Brixham.

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

Skipper Dave Bickerstaff, 34, was found clinging to a lifebuoy, recovered from the water by the Newhaven lifeboat and transferred to hospital.

A police spokesperson said: “Following the tragic incident on November 21 in which the fishing boat Joanna C capsized south of Newhaven, the body of one of the two missing fishermen was recovered by divers from the wreck last night, Monday, November 23.

Candles, flowers and notes are left by the people of Brixham, Torbay at the Man and Boy statue as two fishermen from the area where onboard a vessel had sunk off the Sussex coast
Candles, flowers and notes are left by the people of Brixham, Torbay at the Man and Boy statue as two fishermen from the area where onboard a vessel had sunk off the Sussex coast . November 23, 2020. Picture: Matt Gilley/Devon Live.

“He has been identified as Adam Harper, 26, from Brixham, Devon, and his next of kin have been notified.

“Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire, is still missing.

“Our thoughts are with their families at this time.”

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In a statement on social media, Sarah Jayne Harper – a relative of Adam – said: “I just wanted to let everyone know that Adam has been recovered from the boat of the Joanna C and will be coming home to us before his final journey.

“Adam was found in his bunk as we expected as he was in bed at the time of the accident.

Candles, flowers and notes are left by the people of Brixham, Torbay at the Man and Boy statue as two fishermen from the area where onboard a vessel had sunk off the Sussex coast
Candles, flowers and notes are left by the people of Brixham, Torbay at the Man and Boy statue as two fishermen from the area where onboard a vessel had sunk off the Sussex coast . November 23, 2020. Picture: Matt Gilley/Devon Live.

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for everything you have been amazing but can I please ask you to continue with you love and prayers for rob and his family and keep our candles burning and lights shining to bring rob back home where he belongs love to you all look after each other love from the harper family.”

On Monday, DevonLive reported that moving tributes, gifts and notes were continuing to spread around a statue in Brixham in aid of the two local fisherman.

Among the tributes being left by Brixham’s Man and Boy statue are from one of the grieving father’s who has written on decorative light-up star ornament, ‘Rest in peace son, love dad xxx’, and on a can of beer, ‘R.I.P son, dad x’.

Vast numbers of candles of hope have been left at the statue, along with flowers and ornaments.

Notes left include one signed by the Rye/ Hastings fishing community which reads, ‘our thoughts are with you all’.





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