Family Remembers Weymouth Fishermen

Family and friends of the three fishermen who died when their boat sank off the Dorset coast have been out laying flowers in Weymouth Bay.

35 year old David McFarlane, 21 year old Jack Craig and 20 year old Robert Prowse were last seen leaving Weymouth Harbour onboard The Purbeck Isle on the 17th May 2012.

Its wreck was discovered 10 miles south of Portland Bill and only David's body was ever found. Around 40 of his family were in Weymouth on Sunday 1st July to help remember the men.

David McFarlane

Local Fisherman Andy Alcock helped organise the event:

"Some of David's family couldn't make his funeral a few weeks ago and many more weren't able to go and see the wreck site after the incident, so we wanted to do something so they could say a final goodbye. We took out several boats on Sunday and everyone laid flowers in the sea. We were supposed to be taking them out to the wreck site but the bad weather conditions meant we decided to just stay in the Harbour. It was very touching."

The day also involved live music, face painting, a bouncy castle and an auction to raise money for 'The Purbeck Isle Trust'. It's been set up for the six children who lost their dads that day. Andy added:

"We haven't counted it yet, but all the money raised will go to the fund for David and Robert's children so they can use it on whatever they need as they get older."