Wednesday February 2nd, 2011
TRAGEDY OF HISTORIC SINKING IN PLYMOUTH
Following a tragic series of events police divers in Plymouth have recovered a body believed to be that of the skipper of the former Navy launch ‘Yarmouth Navigator’. The three other crew members managed to escape when the vessel was successfully docked despite taking on water at an increasingly alarming rate.
The ‘Yarmouth’ was built in Lowenstoft in 1943 and served as a general purpose craft. It is featured in the National Register of Historic Vessels.
According to a spokesman for Brixham Coastguard, 'It would appear the man had gone back into the wheelhouse to retrieve some navigation equipment, when the vessel finally sank.'
Dart Harbour released an initial statement that said, 'It gives us great sadness to learn of the tragic circumstances surrounding the fate of the Yarmouth Navigator... The news is all the more surprising as it follows a successful passage from Dartmouth to Plymouth Sound by the vessel... Clearly our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the missing person at this time.'
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