'Our shock at loss of trawler skipper Geoff'
FISHERMEN and rescue teams have spoken of the dramatic search for Exmouth fisherman Geoff Ingram feared drowned off the south Devon coast.
Tributes have been paid to Mr Ingram, skipper of the Sarah Jayne, who is one the most experienced fishermen in the town.
The 15m trawler capsized and sank 12 miles off Berry Head on Tuesday morning.
Two other crew members, also from Exmouth, one named locally as Matt Bull, were rescued from the water and taken to Torbay Hospital.
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Hopes of finding Mr Ingram alive faded after a dramatic rescue attempt failed to locate him.
Police divers were due to go to the site today after coastguards officially called off the search.
Friends and colleagues described Mr Ingram as a "funny, honest and caring guy" who was hugely experienced and meticulous in every detail of his profession.
Exmouth harbour master Paul Craven (inset) was among those who joined in the rescue attempt.
Local fishermen joined in the search co-ordinated by Brixham Coastguard and RNLI lifeboats from Exmouth and Torbay.
Mr Craven said: "The feeling out there was horrendous. We were all just thinking that if he could be in an air pocket in the boat he could still be alive. We kept coming across bits of debris.
"The effort that was put in by everyone was amazing."