Devon

Torquay JCK skipper lost at sea named as Andrew Westaway

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Image caption Andy Westaway was returning to Torquay with his catch when it is believed his fishing boat, the JCK, was swamped in heavy seas

A fisherman whose body was recovered from the sea off Devon after a major search has been named as Andrew Westaway.

The 46-year-old skipper of the JCK is believed to have drowned after his 19ft (5.8m) boat was swamped in stormy conditions on Monday night.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) is investigating.

An inquest into Mr Westaway's death will be opened at Torquay Coroner's Office on Monday.

A sea, air and land search was launched on Monday when the Brixham-registered fishing boat failed to return to Torquay Harbour with his catch.

Double tragedy

The body of Mr Westaway - who was known as Andy - was recovered by the Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat shortly after midnight.

The death of the "well-respected" skipper is said to have devastated the small fishing community of Torquay.

John Anderson, from Brixham Fishermen's Mission, said Mr Westaway's father, sister and children were bearing up "reasonably well", but had asked for their privacy to be respected.

Mr Westaway's brother died of cancer less than two years ago - making it doubly hard for the family to deal with, Mr Anderson added.

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