7 stowaways, together with Nigerians on board a Liberian registered oil tanker heading for England have been detained, after a suspected hijacking off the coast of Isle of Wight.
This was announced by the UK’s Ministry of Defence and many British Information Media on Sunday evening.
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In response to a law enforcement ask for, the Defence Secretary and Residence Secretary authorised Armed Forces staff to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and safe a ship that was subject matter to suspected hijacking. (1/2)
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) Oct 25, 2020
The Ministry of Defence reported: “In response to a law enforcement request, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces staff to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard lifetime and safe a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking.
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“Armed forces have obtained command of the ship and seven men and women have been detained. Police investigations will now go on. Original stories confirm the crew are harmless and very well.”
According to BBC, the ship, Nave Andromeda, was on its way to the Fawley oil refinery in Southampton from Lagos, Nigeria and left Nigeria on the 5th of October.
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“According to a source close to the transport business, the crew ended up aware of stowaways on board, but the stowaways grew to become violent to the crew when it was off the Isle of Wight.
“The crew retreated to the ship’s citadel, a protected place in which they can lock them selves, generating it unattainable for attackers to get in.
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“This is standard course of action during a terrorist or pirate attack, but there is no suggestion the crew were being doing more than preserving them selves from the stowaways. The crew contacted the coastguard, which then alerted law enforcement.
“The adult males, from Nigeria and Liberia, waved steel poles and threw faeces and urine following getting identified hiding on the Grande Tema,” BBC claimed.
The British Chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, Tobias Ellwood, mentioned the stowaways using around the ship, or forcing the ship not to be in command could have brought on a ” multi-agency alarm” which induced protocols to be place into motion.