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Purbeck Isle: How story unfolded
11:30am Thursday 23rd August 2012 in News
* May 17: 8.30am – The Purbeck Isle leaves Weymouth Harbour to go whelking.
5.40pm – Portland Coastguard receives a phone call from a fisherman who is concerned about the Purbeck Isle.
6pm – With no word from those onboard, the vessel is reported missing.
7.15pm – The Weymouth Lifeboat is launched to search for the Pubeck Isle, along with coastguard helicopters and Royal Navy warships.
11pm – The Lyme Regis lifeboat is launched to carry out additional search.
* May 18: 5.30am – The search for the Purbeck Isle resumes.
8am – Fishermen join the search for the vessel.
3pm – Specialist equipment is sent down to the seabed to look at an object of similar size to the Purbeck Isle.
5.30pm – The body of skipper David McFarlane is found.
* May 19: 9am – Police say they have found the wreck of the Purbeck Isle ten miles off Portland .
11.50am – It is confirmed that the body found is that of David McFarlane.
3.45pm – The search is called off for Jack Craig and Robert Prowse.
* May 22 – A memorial fund is launched for the families of the Purbeck Isle crewmen.
* May 23 – Renewed calls are made to save the Portland Coastguard helicopter which took part in the search.
* May 25 – It is decided that the Pubeck Isle wreck will be left on the sea bed.
* May 30 – David McFarlane’s funeral takes place. Flares are fired from a flotilla of boats.
* June 1 – Hundreds of mourners attended a memorial service for the three fishermen on Portland Bill .
* June 29 – It is revealed that Dorset Echo readers and local businesses have raised £4,500 for the Purbeck Isle Memorial Fund, with donations still coming in.
* August 9 – The body of Jack Craig is found off the coast of Devon. Robert Prowse remains missing.
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