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Search for capsized fisherman off Berry Head

By This is Devon  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

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A major search is under way for a fisherman whose boat capsized off the coast of Devon.

Coastguard officials said two other crew members had been rescued following the incident two-and-a-half miles off Berry Head, Brixham.

The alert was raised when the Brixham Coastguard picked up an alert from the fishing boat Girl Rhona informing them that another vessel had capsized and that they had rescued two of the crew from the water.

A Coastguard helicopter was scrambled from Portland and the Torbay RNLI lifeboat also launched.

A Mayday broadcast was put out to shipping in the area and several boats, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, have joined the search.

A spokesman for Brixham Coastguard said: “The vessel is a 15m beam trawler operating out of Brixham.

“Two of the three crew have been rescued but the third was still on board when the vessel capsized.

“The search is ongoing.”

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