91-metre ship lost power in rough seas off North Devon coast earlier this morning

Lifeboat crews from Appledore and Pastow have been battling for most of the day to prevent a stricken 91-metre cargo ship from running aground off the North Devon coast.

The vessel lost power in rough seas approximately four miles off Hartland Point earlier today (Friday).

Both RNLI Tamar class lifeboats were launched at around 8am, following a request from the coastguard.

Volunteer crews have assisted by preventing the vessel from drifting closer to shore, while she awaited recovery.

A spokesperson for the RNLI said conditions included force eight gales and a four-metre swell.

The ship, understood to carrying scrap metal, is currently being towed by Dutch military ship HNLMS De Ruyter to Lundy island for shelter.

All seven crew members remain on board.

Padstow lifeboat is accompanying the tow while Appledore lifeboat returns to port for a crew change. Bremen Fighter, a tug from Holyhead Harbour is also on its.

An RNLI team from Clovelly assisted by enabling live crew changeovers and providing warm drinks.

Appledore RNLI will return to the scene shortly.

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