British soldiers on Sunday boarded an oil tanker off England’s south coast and apprehended seven suspects, the defence ministry stated, after the crew were required to take shelter from stowaways who threatened them.
The alert was raised for the well-being of the team of the Nave Andromeda tanker around 1000 GMT after they were required to retreat to a safe area.
” In response to a cops demand, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Army workers to board a ship in the English Channel … that was subject to presumed hijacking,” the Ministry of Defence posted on Twitter.
” Armed forces have gained control of the ship and 7 people have actually been detained,” the ministry said, adding that the team were “safe and well”.
British media said the boat was stormed by the Unique Boat Service with 16 personnel boarding the Liberian-registered tanker.
Those arrested were reportedly Nigerian stowaways.
A source on the Isle of Wight off the south coast told Britain’s Daily Mail: “The captain clearly stated he feared for (the team’s) lives and required urgent help, they required saving … It was desperation, you could hear the worry in his voice.”
The Defence Ministry stated cops investigations “will now continue”.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace stated that the operation had actually taken place “in dark skies, and aggravating weather condition”.
” We ought to all be grateful for our brave workers,” he included.
” Today we are appreciative for the quick and definitive action of our police and armed forces who were able to bring this circumstance under control,” tweeted House Secretary Priti Patel.
Stowaways “had made verbal threats towards the crew” however “no-one has actually been reported hurt”, authorities in the southern county of Hampshire stated earlier, adding that they had imposed a three-mile (five kilometres) exemption zone around the tanker.
The ship was around 6 miles off the Isle of Wight, police stated.
Britain’s coastguard and border security firms were also called in to help pacify the occurrence.
A coastguard spokesperson said two helicopters had actually been sent out to support the police.
Law practice Tatham & Co., which represents the ship’s owners, informed the BBC that the occurrence was “100 percent not a hijacking”.
Rather, the stowaways withstood being locked in a cabin after being found, the lawyers included.
A source near to the shipping business likewise informed the BBC that team had actually know stowaways on board for a long time, but that they had turned violent as the vessel approached Britain.
The team then pulled away to the ship’s protected castle, where assailants are unable to get in, added the source.
The boat left Nigeria recently carrying 42,000 tonnes of petroleum and was due to dock in Southampton earlier Sunday.
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