The Polish registered Sail Training Vessel Fryderyk Chopin is receiving assistance after losing her two masts 99 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.

The master of the vessel requested immediate assistance at 8:03am this morning after one mast had gone and stating they were in danger of losing their second mast in Severe Gale Force 9 conditions.

Falmouth Coastguard put out a broadcast to shipping for assistance. Three vessels are currently on route the Container Vessel Andromodar, Bulk Carrier Cornelia and a large Fishing Vessel Nova Spirro which is expected on scene in 12 hours.

Helicopters from Culdrose have now stood down.

James Instance, Regional Coordination Centre Manger, Falmouth Coastguard, said: "There are currently 47 people aboard the training vessel, no injuries have been incurred and the vessel is awaiting tow. We are constantly monitoring the situation and staying in touch with the Master."

Those who may be concerned about a family member or friend call the Polish Consulate on 0207 291 3914.