A body has been found in the search for a missing fishing boat off the south Devon coast

A search was launched after the fishing boat failed to return to Torquay.

The weather conditions were gale force south westerly winds gusting up to 58mph.

Brixham Coastguard was coordinating the search for the 19ft fishing boat 'J.C.K.' which is red in colour with an outboard motor. The boat was due back at around 7pm yesterday evening and was last seen passing Thatcher Rock at approximately 6.25pm.

A police spokesman said that at 11.51pm Exmouth lifeboat located the body of a male in the water approximately three nautical miles north east of Hopes Nose.

Police have notified the man's next of kin.’

It is thought that only one person was aboard. 

Torbay and Berry Head Coastguard Rescue Teams, Torbay RNLI all weather and inshore lifeboats, Exmouth and Teignmouth RNLI lifeboats, the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Portland, and the search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were all involved in the search, with three vessels in the area also assisting.