The captain of a cargo ship struck by gale force 10 winds off the Isles of Scilly has been winched to safety after being seriously injured.

A rescue helicopter lifted six people from the vessel, two more of whom had sustained less serious injuries. It is thought the three were hurt after a large wave hit the ship causing the cargo to shift.

The rescue attempt which began on Friday had to be abandoned overnight because of the severe weather conditions and darkness.

The vessel, which had been bringing fruits from Costa Rica was meant to be traveling to Dover but has now been re-routed to Falmouth and is expected to arrive their late this afternoon.