Tributes to Ilfracombe fisherman

THE harbour community of Ilfracombe is in a state of shock and grief after the death of trawlerman Jamie Barbeary on Monday. Emergency service rushed to the scene after Mr Barbeary s body was found near the lifeboat station slipway just before 8.30am. It

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THE harbour community of Ilfracombe is in a state of shock and grief after the death of trawlerman Jamie Barbeary on Monday.

Emergency service rushed to the scene after Mr Barbeary's body was found near the lifeboat station slipway just before 8.30am.

It is thought he fell from the harbour wall and investigations are continuing, but at a meeting of Ilfracombe Town Council on Monday night, police told councillors no suspicious circumstances had been found.


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A member of the well known local fishing family, Mr Barbeary was born and bred in Ilfracombe and skippered the fishing trawler Our Olivia Bell on behalf of S and P Fish.

He spent his time away from work in South Wales where he lived with his fianc�e and children.

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Jamie's mother, Christine Wylie, who lives in Glasgow, told the Gazette: "He was loved very much and will be missed by all his family."

In an email to the Gazette website, she added: "I would like to say thank you to everyone for their kindness and thoughtfulness at this time and say that he will be missed every day.”

Ilfracombe Harbour Master Rob Lawson said everyone around the harbour was shocked and saddened by what had happened:

"We grieving along with the family and feeling for them at this difficult time. He will be sadly missed and was a character here at the harbour," he said.

"The harbour is a very quiet and thoughtful place at the moment."

Town councillor Albert Furber, who lives yards away from where Jamie was found, also paid tribute to the fisherman:

"He was a smashing chap and it really is very sad," he said.

"He was such a hard worker and from a well known family, it's a very sad loss to the town."

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