Body found in search for boat missing in gale-force conditions off Devon coast


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Rescuers searching for a missing fishing boat in gale-force conditions have found a body.

The hunt for the 19ft fishing boat JCK, missing off the Devon coastline, was stood down shortly after midnight after a body was discovered by the Exmouth RNLI lifeboat, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The boat was last seen at 6.25pm yesterday heading past Thatcher Rock, a small island a short distance from the mainland, across the water from Torquay.

The red-colour vessel and its one-man crew had been due back at Brixham harbour at 7pm.