A stricken cargo ship is now safely in Swansea after a 34 hour shout by Appledore and Padstow lifeboat crews. The alarm was raised on Friday when the 300-foot Verity, carrying 3,000 tons of scrap metal, was left drifting helplessly after her engines failed off Hartland Point. This RNLI video shows the treacherous conditions of high winds and big swells as Appledore and Padstow all-weather lifeboats fought to keep the ship and seven-strong crew safe. The Clovelly lifeboat helped transfer fresh crew members to the larger lifeboats and provided refreshments. The Dutch warship HNLMS De Ruyter was called in by the Coastguard on Friday and towed the Verity to more sheltered waters off Lundy Island. On Saturday the tug Bremen Fighter arrived and took the freighter to Swansea, arriving at around 9pm on Saturday night for repairs. Appledore lifeboat waited with the ship until the tug arrived and then returned to station at first light after 34 hours at sea. Mike Weston, Appledore RNLI deputy launching authority, said: We needed to make sure the cargo ship didnt drift into shore. She was a bit too close enough for comfort. It was a marathon job for both RNLI lifeboat crews who are all volunteers and who spent many hours in rough seas keeping the cargo ship safe. A very big swell and gale force winds provided tough conditions and along with the crew of the Dutch Warship, they showed a lot skill, grit and determination. The co-ordination between Falmouth Coastguard, the RNLI and the Dutch Navy was excellent. It was an example of tremendous teamwork.* Watch the video (above) by the RNLI of the Verity under tow.