Dozens of teenagers and crew on board a tall ship stranded in stormy seas off the coast of Britain face a third night aboard the stricken vessel, the Coastguard has said .

The Fryderyk Chopin came into difficulties on Friday 93 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.

The 180ft long Polish vessel lost its two masts in high winds with 47 people onboard including 36 cadets, aged between 14 and 16.

The Nova Spiro - a large fishing vessel from Newlyn, Cornwall - began a tow operation on Friday night.

It was bringing the ship towards the shore and was expected to arrive in Falmouth at noon on Sunday, a Coastguard spokesman said.

However, due to extremely poor weather conditions, the Nova Spiro was forced to slow down from four knots to just one.

The new arrival time for the vessels was estimated to be between 6pm on Sunday night and 2am on Monday morning. However, instead of making the teenagers disembark the stricken ship in the dark, it was decided to wait until early Monday morning.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said he believed they would be arriving in Falmouth at about 7.30am after spending the night attached to deep-water anchorage's near to the coastal town. The ship is currently 34 miles out, he said.

The master of the Polish vessel requested immediate assistance at 8:03 on Friday morning stating they were experiencing severe weather conditions of Gale Force 9 winds.

Other boats managed to battle their way through the bad weather to find the ship with rigging hanging over the side.