THE winter lifeline for Scillonians was in Penzance dry dock today undergoing repairs to her hull after hitting a rock at the entry to the islands.
The Gry Maritha freight ship returned under her own power to Penzance harbour earlier in the week from St Mary’s, having been examined and given approval to sail by the authorities following the incident.
On Monday, the vessel came into contact with Crow Rock around half a mile offshore at about 6.15pm while en route from Penzance to St Mary’s.
A spokesman for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company said: “It is envisaged that minor hull repairs may be required.
“Further updates will be issued later this week as soon as more is known but the vessel is unlikely to sail on Friday.
“In the meantime the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company is working on contingency plans to enable the import/export of some essential goods by air on its Skybus service, weather permitting.
“Our apologies to customers and islanders for this inconvenience. Regrettably the company is unable to carry non-essential supplies but for urgent matters please contact Penzance freight office on 01736 334236 or 01736 334149.”