Bad weather prevents supplies reaching Scilly Isles

A freight ship delivering essential supplies to the Isles of Scilly has been unable to leave the mainland due to the stormy weather.

The Gry Maritha, based at Penzance in Cornwall stopped sailing on Monday due to the strong winds and waves.

Managers of the vessel said the outlook for the rest of the week did not look promising.

Frozen food and other essential supplies will take priority on the next sailing.

Kevin Ayres, Marine Superintendent of Isles of Scilly Travel, said it was "one of the worst weeks we've had for several years".

Officers said they are constantly checking the forecast and providing an improvement in the weather is accompanied by a high tide in Penzance, the Gry Maritha would sail to St Marys.

"We've got gale force nine for today, tomorrow and Thursday but as soon as the master sees a window, which we hope for later in the week, then he will make a dash for it," he added.

The Gry Maritha sails three times a week, delivering food, fuel, cars and vehicles to the Islands.

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