THE BODY of a fisherman lost at sea has been recovered by divers and identified as Adam Harper. 

The 26-year-old had been missing since Saturday after HM Coastguard received an EPIRB distress beacon from fishing vessel Joanna C.

Divers recovered the body from the wreck last night.

Police have confirmed that Robert Morley, 38, from Pembrokeshire, is still missing. 

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In a post shared on social media, the Harper family said Adam's body was found in his bunk, as he was in bed at the time of the accident. 

It read: "I just wanted to let everyone know that Adam has been recovered from the boat of the Joanna C.

"Adam was found in his bunk as we expected as he was in bed at the time of the accident.

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for everything you have been amazing but can I ask you to continue with your love and prayers for Rob and his family.

"Keep our candles burning and lights shining to bring Rob back home where he belongs.

"Love to you all, look after each other, love from the Harper family."

The Argus: Joanna C sunk off the coast of Newhaven at about 6am on SaturdayJoanna C sunk off the coast of Newhaven at about 6am on Saturday

Emergency teams were able to locate the boat's captain, Dave Bickerstaff from Newhaven and pull him from the water "wearing just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt".

Debris from the boat was later found.

Search efforts involving boats, helicopters and planes continued throughout Saturday and into Sunday.

Police, coastguard and lifeboat crews were involved in the large-scale operation, as well a number of fishing vessels.