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Fishing tragedy report due

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 28, 2012

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A REPORT on how a Mevagissey fisherman died at sea more than a year ago will be published next month.

Ian Thomas, affectionately known as Ginge, died on December 20, 2011, after his boat, the 35ft Heather Anne, sank off the Roseland peninsula during a night-time fishing trip for pilchards.

Skipper Robert Hunkin was also on board at the time.

The pair were rescued by fishermen from another vessel, the Lauren Kate, after the boat was spotted sinking in Gerrans Bay, near Nare Head.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), part of the Department of Transport, said the investigation into the incident is still in the consultation stage.

An interim report will not be issued as the MAIB said it is anticipated the final report will be published during the week commencing on January 7, 2013.

An inquest has not yet taken place for the 50-year-old fisherman and Truro Coroner's Court said no inquest has yet been booked.

About 450 members of Mr Thomas's family, friends and Mevagissey villagers turned out on the quayside to pay their final respects after he was lost.

After the funeral, his sister Sian Thomas said on behalf of his family: "We were stunned to see the amount of people on the quay and also at the funeral service – it made us feel extremely proud."

She added: "It is all so surreal, I can't believe this has actually happened."

More than £2,500 was raised to be shared between The Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen and Cornwall Air Ambulance in Mr Thomas's memory.

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