Devon

Sarah Jayne trawler sinking: Prayers for Geoff Ingram

  • 16 September 2012
  • From the section Devon
Beam trawler Sarah Jayne
Image caption The Sarah Jayne sank on Tuesday morning

Prayers have been said for a Devon trawler skipper and his family after he went missing when his Exmouth-based trawler sank off the south coast.

Two other sailors were rescued but the search failed to find Geoff Ingram, 51, from Exmouth, after the Sarah Jayne, capsized on Tuesday.

The Fishermen's Mission in Brixham said the incident had been "devastating".

Mission superintendent John Anderson said: "Everyone in the harbour knew Geoff."

As well as prayers in churches across the south coast, Mr Anderson said the mission would continue to support the family of Mr Ingram, who had two children.

Tributes have also been paid to Mr Ingram at Exmouth's lifeboat station. He served on the town's lifeboat for almost 20 years.

Mr Ingram's 15m (49ft) beam trawler capsized off Berry Head in south Devon on Tuesday morning.

The search operation involved lifeboats, more than 12 local fishing vessels and the Portland Coastguard helicopter.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is carrying out an inquiry into the capsizing.

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