British troopers on Sunday boarded an oil tanker off England’s south coast and detained seven suspects, the defence ministry stated, after the crew have been compelled to take shelter from stowaways who threatened them.
The alert had been raised for the welfare of the crew of the Nave Andromeda tanker round 1000 GMT after they have been compelled to retreat to a secure space.
“In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel… that was subject to suspected hijacking,” the Ministry of Defence posted on Twitter.
“Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained,” the ministry stated, including that the crew have been “safe and well”.
Stowaways “had made verbal threats towards the crew” however “no-one has been reported injured”, police within the southern county of Hampshire stated earlier, including that they’d imposed a three-mile (5 kilometres) exclusion zone across the tanker.
The ship was round six miles off the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast, police added.
Britain’s coastguard and border safety businesses have been referred to as in to assist defuse the incident.
A coastguard spokesman stated two helicopters had been despatched to assist the police.
Law agency Tatham & Co., which represents the ship’s homeowners, informed the BBC that the incident was “100 percent not a hijacking”.
Rather, the stowaways resisted being locked in a cabin after being found, the attorneys added.
A supply near the transport firm additionally informed the BBC that crew had been conscious of stowaways on board for a while, however that they’d turned violent because the vessel approached Britain.
The crew then retreated to the ship’s safe citadel, the place attackers are unable to enter, added the supply.
The boat left Nigeria final week carrying 42,000 tonnes of crude oil and was resulting from dock in Southampton earlier Sunday.
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