ENTERTAINMENT

Police rush to the Isle of Wight oil tanker after "stowaways have been discovered".


Major incident that occurred after stowaways attempted to hijack an oil tanker traveling from Nigeria to Southampton as it approached the Isle of Wight as "hiding the crew in a safe room"

  • Police called today following a security incident on Nave Andromeda, off the Isle of Wight
  • This afternoon there is a five nautical mile exclusion zone around the ship
  • The ship is reportedly registered in Libya and is due to dock in Southampton

A serious incident was reportedly reported today after a group of stowaways attempted to hijack an oil tanker en route to Southampton.

Police are currently investigating the "security incident" on the Libya-registered oil tanker near the Isle of Wight.

A Mayday call was made around 9am today. The crew members are supposed to take shelter in a safe room on the ship called Nave Andromeda.

The crude oil tanker is currently located south of Bembridge. The police have set up a five-mile exclusion zone around the ship.

Home Secretary Priti Patel will be kept informed of the incident, according to Sky News.

Coast Guard officers and crews were called after a group of stowaways were reportedly discovered on a ship registered in Libya en route to Southampton

The Nave Andromeda is a crude oil tanker that carries the Libyan flag

The tanker was seen on a ziz zag trail near the Isle of Wight today

The Nave Andromeda is a crude oil tanker that carries the Libyan flag. The tanker was spotted on a ziz zag trail near the Isle of Wight today

The ship was due to leave for Southampton this morning

An enlarged version shows how the ship made a series of zigzag movements today

The ship was due to sail to Southampton this morning (left picture). An enlarged version (right) shows how the ship made a series of zigzag movements today

A Coast Guard helicopter was seen circling the nave of Andromeda near the Isle of Wight today

A Coast Guard helicopter was seen circling the nave of Andromeda near the Isle of Wight today

Crew members are reportedly protecting themselves on the ship called Nave Andromeda - a crude oil tanker currently located south of Bembridge, according to Isle of Wight Radio

Crew members are reportedly protecting themselves on the ship called Nave Andromeda – a crude oil tanker currently located south of Bembridge, according to Isle of Wight Radio

A Coast Guard helicopter is circling the tanker as seen on Flight Tracker while the 748-foot ship drew a series of zigzag lines in the area, according to Marine Traffic.

The ship carried 42,000 tons of crude oil and left Nigeria on October 6th.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware of an ongoing incident aboard a ship located south of the Isle of Wight.

"We will notify you of further updates when we are able to."

A spokeswoman for Associated British Ports (ABP), which operates the Port of Southampton, said they had no contact with the ship and made no further comment.

A police officer watches Nave Andromeda anchored off the island's east coast after reports that the ship was confiscated by kidnappers today

A police officer watches Nave Andromeda anchored off the island's east coast after reports that the ship was confiscated by kidnappers today

A five nautical mile exclusion zone is now in place around the ship, while a Coast Guard helicopter is also circling the ship, according to Sky News

A five nautical mile exclusion zone is now in place around the ship, while a Coast Guard helicopter is also circling the ship, according to Sky News

The Coast Guard said: “We are currently assisting the Hampshire Constabulary in an incident aboard a ship off the Isle of Wight.

"Lee on Solent and Lydd's search and rescue helicopters are in attendance."

The incident is likely to involve the Royal Navy and the Special Boat Service.

The Nave Andromeda was built in 2011 and weighs 42,338 tons. It was last known to have docked in Lagos, Nigeria earlier this month.

It was scheduled to arrive in Southampton at 10:30 a.m. today.

Isle of Wight Conservative MP Bob Seely spoke to Sky News today about the incident, saying counter-terrorism forces are likely to be convened while a COBR meeting is likely to be or has already taken place.

He said, "They will look at the ship's registration, who is on it, what it is carrying, how many stowaways there are, they can contact the crew if they cannot contact the skipper."

He said authorities are also likely planning how to get on the ship.

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