RNAS Culdrose in search for missing fishing boat crew
An air and sea search is under way for a missing fishing boat and its crew of two.
The 11m (36ft) scalloper JMT left Plymouth on Thursday morning but failed to return that night, coastguards said.
A spokesman said a small vessel was being retrieved from the Eddystone lighthouse area but coastguards have not linked it with the JMT.
A rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall and three lifeboats are searching for the boat.
A coastguard spokesman said: "The father of one of the fishermen called UK Coastguard at 8:40pm last night as he was concerned that his son hadn't returned from a fishing trip near Eddystone, Plymouth.
"An extensive search has been carried out which has been co-ordinated by HM Coastguard.
"This morning at around 9:50, debris from a vessel was found. A search of the area continues with RNLI lifeboats from Fowey, Looe and Plymouth all involved.
"The Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter from Culdrose is also searching, along with other vessels in the area."
Kate Dobson of Brixham-based Devon Scallops tweeted: "Praying for the crew of the JMT :-( #neversafe"
We can only hope and pray the lads are found safe
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I'd like to extend my deepest sympathy to the families of the men involved , a truly tragic day for them and the SW fishing community , RIP lads
Shane Hooper named as trawler tragedy fisherman
A fisherman who died when a boat carrying two men went missing has been formally identified by police.
Shane Hooper, 33, was onboard the scalloper JMT which was reported missing on 9 July.
His body was recovered last Friday and the search for the second member was called off.
The wreck of the 11m (36ft) vessel was found 53m (174ft) under the water, five miles north of Plymouth's Eddystone Lighthouse, on Sunday.
A Devon and Cornwall Police dive team searched the wreckage on Thursday. Det Insp Ian Reid said: "The divers were able to use the remotely operated underwater vehicles to thoroughly search the vessel and there was absolutely no evidence of a body inside or nearby.
"Because of this, the depth of the wreckage and the dangerous conditions, we did not send any of the dive team down manually.
"The families have been told about all our findings and we have been in contact with them throughout this investigation."
Tributes have been left to Mr Hooper and the second unnamed crewman at Teignmouth on the south Devon coast.
The matter has been referred to the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to investigate.
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Accidental verdict for fishing boat deaths off Cornwall
Two fishermen died when their trawler capsized "suddenly and without warning", an inquest has heard.
Michael Hill, 22, and Shane Hooper, 33, were on board the JMT scalloper when it sank on 9 July 2015.
A jury concluded a verdict of accidental death and found "multiple factors" caused the JMT to sink off Rame Head in Cornwall.
Plymouth Coroner's Court heard of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch's recommendations for the future.
The two day inquest heard the vessel was found on 10 July 2015, 51m (167ft) under water, 3.8 nautical miles off the coast.
The body of Shane Hooper was recovered on the same day after being spotted floating in a life ring by the crew of a yacht.
A year later, on 6 July 2016, the jaw bone of Michael Hill was recovered on the sea bed along with a wooden spirit level and metal plaque by another vessel dredging for scallops.
The jury found the cause of death for skipper Mr Hill was unascertainable and the cause of death for crewman Shane Hooper was immersion in sea water.
The jury said: "The deceased were fishing at sea on 9 July when multiple factors contributed to the instability of the JMT and caused it to sink."
Sean Friday from the Marine Accidents Investigations Branch told the court the capsize happened "suddenly and without warning".
Coroner Ian Arrow said: "I'm so sorry that these two men have died. I'm sure it was upsetting for you all."
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch recommended the Maritime and Coastguard Agency introduce stability criteria for new and existing vessels under 15m in length.
It also requested skippers of vessels under 16.5m should have to complete stability awareness training.