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Scillonian ferry set to sail again after breaking down at sea off Cornwall coast

Engineers have been working to rebuild the engine after the passenger ferry broke down on Wednesday Credit: Isles of Scilly Travel / Twitter

The ferry between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall's coast is set to sail again today after breaking down on Wednesday 28 August.

It happened at sea just off Land's End four miles south west of Gwennap Head, following technical failures with both engines.

The passenger ferry was initially scheduled to sail again yesterday (Saturday 31 August) but the company was forced to cancel.

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Members of the public were asked by Isles of Scilly Travel not to contact the company because of the volume of calls it had been receiving.

An update on the website said:

We are currently receiving a high volume of calls and we would appreciate it if you did not phone us at this time. This will allow us to manage the situation more efficiently in turn enabling us to contact you more quickly.

– Isles of Scilly Travel

The ferry, which left Penzance at 09:15 on 28 August, was forced to return to base after engine failures.

One of the two failed engines was restarted and a Sennen lifeboat escorted the ferry back to the mainland.

The ferry returned to Penzance after it was forced to turn back after an engine failure. Credit: Alex Lees / @Alexander_Lees

Isle of Scilly Travel apologised for the disruption to passengers' journeys, but said the situation was beyond their control:

Unfortunately technical failures do happen which at times are beyond our control. We are sorry for this situation and our teams are working hard to fix the issue and return to normal operations.

– IOS Travel Spokesperson

Passengers are still advised to keep checking social media channels and the Isles of Scilly Travel website for further updates.