Polish tall ship arrives at UK harbor after storm

AP News
Posted: Nov 01, 2010 10:03 AM
Polish tall ship arrives at UK harbor after storm

A group of Polish teenage sailors are back on dry land Monday after a weekend aboard a tall ship crippled by bad weather off southwest England's coast.

The Fryderyk Chopin lost both its masts when it was hit by gale-force winds about 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the Isles of Scilly on Friday.

The ship, which is used to train young sailors, was towed into Falmouth harbor Monday.

There were 47 people aboard the 182-foot-long (56-meter-long) vessel, most of whom were young cadets. Helicopters were called in as a precaution if a rescue had been necessary. But they were recalled when the weather improved.

The young sailors stayed aboard until the ship was towed into Falmouth harbor. One of the older members of crew said the group was "happy to be in Falmouth, if a bit tired."

"It was a very well conducted rescue," said 25-year-old Maljolzata Michalkiewicz, praising her young comrades as being "very brave."

She said the crew have all agreed that they want to stay and help fix the ship.