Press Notice No: 26-11 30 January, 2011
At 17.59pm, Brixham Coastguard received a call from the vessel Yarmouth Navigator on VHF Channel 16 reporting that they were tied up on the old concrete pontoons, but were taking on water.
The vessel had four crew on board. The Border Agency RHIB was assisting the vessel.
Brixham Coastguard requested the launch of the Plymouth RNLI lifeboat. Plymouth MOD Police launch was also requested to attend. One of the crew ended up in the water as their vessel sank underneath them, the other three were rescued. The vessel is a 30 metre ex Navy Motor Fishing Vessel.
Three men were assisted, but one man is still missing. He was last seen exiting the wheelhouse. He is wearing yellow oilskins but no lifejacket.
Tamar, Plymouth and Yealm Coastguard teams have all been called out to search and a rescue helicopter has been requested. R169 from Chivenor was scrambled.
Dave Scullion, Watch Manager, Brixham Coastguard said:
We are continuing with the coordination of the search for this man. It would appear that he had gone back into the wheelhouse to retrieve some equipment, when the vessel finally sank.
The Police diving team have been deployed and are going to do an underwater search.