Sussex Police confirmed that the body of 26-year old Adam Harper from Brixham was recovered from the wreck of the Joanna C on Monday night

Sussex Police confirmed that the body of 26-year old Adam Harper from Brixham was recovered from the wreck of the Joanna C

The body of one of the fishermen lost from the scallop dredger, Joanna C  BM 265 which sank on Saturday has been recovered from the sea by divers.

Sussex Police have confirmed that the body of 26-year old Adam Harper from Brixham, Devon was recovered from the wreck of the fishing vessel on Monday night.

Another fisherman and crew member, Robert Morley from Pembrokeshire is still missing after their fishing boat sank 5 miles off the Sussex coast near Newhaven in the early hours of Saturday morning.

One man was recovered from the sea alive by Newhaven RNLI lifeboat after he managed to cling to a buoy. He was transferred to a helicopter and taken to hospital. It is expected he will make a full physical recovery.

A large number of rescue units were mobilised, including Eastbourne and Newhaven RNLI lifeboats, two Coastguard rescue helicopters, the Coastguard fixed wing aircraft and Birling Gap and Beachy Head Coastguard Rescue Teams. Also helping with this search were 12 other vessels including many fishing vessels in the area which responded to the Coastguard broadcasts and have been helping with the search at sea.

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Yesterday, Eastbourne RNLI issued a statement on the search and rescue efforts in which they said: “The maritime rescue services were alerted early on Saturday morning (21 Nov) when an automatic signal was received from the EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) from the Brixham registered scalloping vessel Joanna C. All available resources were scrambled including Eastbourne RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Newhaven RNLI lifeboat, coastguard rescue helicopters from Lydd and the Solent, along with local coastguard teams from Birling Gap and Eastbourne. The beacon guided the rescuers to a position approximately 5 miles south of Newhaven. In gale force winds and heavy seas, the vessel’s skipper was located clinging desperately to a lifebuoy and was hauled from the water by Newhaven Lifeboat and taken ashore for urgent medical assistance. The skipper indicated his boat had floundered in the heavy seas and sunk before they were able to launch their liferaft and that there were still two crewmen unaccounted for. The search was then joined by Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat, Hastings all-weather lifeboat and numerous fishing vessels that had picked up emergency messages from HM Coastguard. The search continued all through the day and into the night without success.”

Two GoFundMe page has been opened for the lost fishermen.
Raising funds for those lost on the Joanna C BM265 which has raised nearly £27,000 so far and To provide for the family of the Joanna C which has raised under £10,000 so far.

On Facebook, Mr Harper’s mother Sarah Jayne Harper posted a statement to say her son had been found.

She wrote: “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.”

She asked people to continue to pray for Mr Morley and his family.

Candlelit vigils were held in Brixham, where the 45ft scallop boat was registered, and tributes were paid to the missing pair.

Helen Lovell from The Fishermen’s Mission said “We all know Brixham is a tight knit community. Fishing is at the heart of it, and we all know each other. It has really knocked the community during COVID. We cannot get out and we can meet and congregate and talk about what has happened. But certainly, on social media last night people were lighting candles, putting them in their windows and in their sitting rooms just as a token to remember those two missing fishermen off the Sussex coast.”


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Sussex police confirm body recovered in search of Joanna C wreck

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