Storm-hit Cornish fishermen receive £60,000

Fishing boats
Image caption Many fishermen were left unable to work for months

About £60,000 has been given to fishermen who were struggling to pay bills after storms stopped them from going to sea.

The Fishermen's Mission, which provides emergency funds, said it had given grants of £500 to fishermen and their families across Cornwall.

Months of stormy weather during the winter has caused a financial crisis for fishermen, the charity added.

The money has been given to those in housing arrears.

'Tough gig'

Julian Wearing, centre manager at the Newlyn Fishermen's Mission, said staff had also visited fishermen to offer emotional support.

He said: "Some didn't know if they could keep their house or feed their children.

"They had not been able to work for up to four months.

"As soon as the fishermen went back out to sea there was a vast amount of fish on the market and the prices dropped.

"Fishing is a tough gig. It is a way of life but it's a very dangerous one."

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