Seafarers out at sea were unable to dock due to the extreme weather conditions and large swells, whilst many crew were left stranded in ports including Falmouth and North Tees.
The Mission to Seafarers (MtS) is working alongside the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) jointly caring for two seafarers injured as a result of the storms in Falmouth, Cornwall.
Penny Phillips, Falmouth MtS Chairman, said: “A Thai seafarer was airlifted off a bulk carrier passing Falmouth on Saturday with a broken leg and chest injuries and a Filipino seafarer was taken off a vessel by the RNLI Inshore lifeboat in Falmouth on Sunday having fractured his leg.
Graham Hall, MtS volunteer, and John Pinhay, AoS chaplain, have visited both seafarers who are now recovering in hospital in Truro.
Meanwhile in North Tees, crews’ have been sheltering from the storms at the Mission centre, using the facilities including the internet to contact home, as they waited for the storm to pass so they could continue their journey.
If you would like to find out more about how the Mission’s services help seafarers, please visit: www.missiontoseafarers.org