Save Portland Search And Rescue Helicopter

The family of the three Weymouth fisherman who died when their boat sank off the Dorset Coast are urging others to save Portlands Search and Rescue Helicopter.

Although David McFarlane, Jack Craig and Robert Prowse never made it back to shore after going missing on the 17th May - the Coastguard Helicopter was heavily involved in searching for them.

At a special event to remember the men on Sunday 1st July, 1100 family and friends signed a new petition to save the Search and Rescue Helicopter at Portland - which is due to be scrapped in 2015 as part of budget cuts by the Government.

An epetition has also been set up -that has more than 4000 signatures on it but it needs over 100,000 to be debated in the House of Commons again.

You've only got until August 23rd to sign it - CLICK HERE TO SIGN E-PETITION


Meanwhile the event on Sunday 1st July to remember the three fisherman was also about raising money for the 6 children who lost their dad's back in May.

David McFarlane's body was the only one recovered

Named after their sunken vessel - 'The Purbeck Isle Trust' is collecting money which will go towards providing for the children's future.

Around £35,000 has been raised so far.

If you would like to make a contribution, you can send it to:

Weymouth and Portland Licensed Boat Owners and Fishermen's Association
45 Newstead Road

Plus there are collection points around Weymouth and Portland, including:

-John and Karen Pearce at Alf's Fish & Chips in Lynch Road, Weymouth
-The Kings Arms
-The Sailors Return
-Surplus International / Top Floor Tackle in Hardye's Arcade, Dorchester
-The Royal Oak
-Weymouth Angling Centre
-All local branches of Angel Pharmacy
-The Dorset Echo at the Granby, Weymouth, and their offices in Dorchester and Bridport