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12:55pm 14th July 2014
(Updated 12:55pm 14th July 2014)

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit Looe to meet victims of flooding.

They have also met lifeboat crew, before Camilla drops in on Liskeard and Lostwithiel.

It is at the start of a three day tour of the southwest, with Pirate FM in tow.

A spokesperson said: "The Duke of Cornwall, President, Prince's Trust, and The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Looe, where they will meet members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, visit the town's new pontoon, and tour businesses affected by flooding earlier in the year.

"The Duchess of Cornwall will tour Cornish Orchards, a company which produces apple juice and cider, meeting staff and learning about the production process,

"The Duchess of Cornwall will mark the 20th anniversary of Trewithen Diary by attending a reception with staff and supporters of the business."

They will also meet local cadets and firefighters during their visit to Looe, as well as those working with The Prince's Trust..

Fred Alsop, 18, Sam Chapman, 20, and Sean Coomber, 19 who now all work in the fishing industry in the local area, explained how The Trust helped them during the visit. They also showed The Prince of Wales a selection of fish caught in the local area.

Fred, Sam and Sean were all long-term unemployed and searching for work before going on The Trust's Get into Fishing programme in February during the time of the flooding in Looe.

Following the course Fred and Sam got jobs at Looe fish market, while Sean secured employment on a trawler out of Plymouth harbour.

Sam, who now works as market foreman at Looe fish market, said: "I absolutely love the job I'm doing and I couldn't be happier. The Trust really helped me and I wouldn't have been able to apply for this job if it wasn't for the course we did."

Sean Coomber, who also met The Prince, struggled to find work before getting help from the youth charity. After struggling at school, he left early without any qualifications. He later had to enrol at college to retake some of his exams where he also did a bricklaying course.

But when he finished college, work was hard to come by. Unemployed for two years and applying for any job to pay the bills, Sean found odd jobs on boats in the area, but wasn't able to work at sea as he didn't have the relevant safety tickets and couldn't afford to pay for the course to get them.

He said: "I was applying for everything but I wasn't hearing back. I didn't have the experience so I couldn't get a job and I couldn't afford training. It was frustrating and I wasn't sure if I would ever find anything."

It was then that Sean saw an advert for The Prince's Trust Get into Fishing course which is a free programme that gives young people the chance to learn skills in the fishing industry so they can find a job.

Sean excelled on the course, working hard to prove himself and pick up the qualifications he needed. The course was the boost he needed and after completing it he was able to find a job as a trawler for a fishing market in Plymouth.

He added: "When I got the job it was like pure relief. I actually couldn't believe it after waiting for so long to find one. The Prince's Trust course was absolutely brilliant. They were so supportive and I can't thank them enough."

Three in four young people helped by The Trust move into work, training or education.

12:55pm 14th July 2014

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