Adam Harper body has been found in the search for a fisherman after he went missing as his scallop boat sank off the English coast on Saturday.
The body of Harper was recovered from the wreck of the Joanna C fishing boat in Brixham, Devon, on Monday night.
He was 26 years old.
Adam Harper Found Dead
Robert Morley is still missing after the pair were swept into the sea. A third man, the boat’s skipper Dave Bickerstaff, 34, was rescued after he was found clinging to a lifebuoy almost four hours after the fishermen raised the alarm.
The second man, Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire, is still missing.
Aaron Ponting, who grew up with Adam in Brixham, said the dad-of-three “put a smile on everyone’s face”.
Speaking to the ECHO, Mr Ponting said: “Adam’s death has touched everyone in our town because everyone knew him.
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“We’re from a small place and Adam was such a big character. Always the life and soul of the party, he put a smile on everyone’s face.
“I’ve known Adam pretty much all my life and he was a Liverpool fan through and through.
“The club meant everything to him and I know he would have loved to travelled up more to see matches but he was always working.
“He was a hard worker through and through, his family and friends meant everything to him.”
Their 45ft boat was previously targeted by French fishermen during the so-called scallop wars in the Channel.
Relatives of the missing men said they had been told the boat was hit by a ‘freak wave’ shortly before it sank. But the mother of Mr Morley said the boat got into trouble when its fishing gear got tangled in whelk pots.
ackie Woolford told The Sun: ‘Robert was trying to untangle it. It was a freak accident that lasted ten seconds. There was nothing anyone could have done.’
She was visited at home by Mr Bickerstaff, who told her her son had died of the cold after clinging to a buoy.
Adam’s mother Sarah Jayne Harper said her son’s body was found in his bunk inside the boat.
She posted on Facebook: ‘I just wanted to let everyone know that Adam has been recovered from the boat of the Joanna C and will be coming home to us before his final journey.
Adam was found in his bunk as we expected as he was in bed at the time of the accident.
‘Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for everything. You have been amazing but can I please ask you to continue with your love and prayers for Rob and his family and keep our candles burning and lights shining to bring Rob back home where he belongs.’