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 British commandos halt ship hijackers

27.10.20.  Investigations are continuing into the “suspected hijacking” of an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight which ended when British forces stormed the vessel. Seven people were detained on Sunday evening when stowaways on board the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda reportedly became violent. About 16 members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended the 10-hour standoff in a nine-minute operation. All 22 crew members, who were locked in the ship’s citadel, are safe. “When it was dark the 16 strong SBS team flew by four Royal Navy helicopters and quickly descended on to the vessel by rope,” said BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale. “The seven stowaways – believed to be Nigerians seeking asylum in the UK – were detained and handed over to Hampshire Police,” he said.

Source: BBC

Tanker stowaways: ‘Hijacking’ ends after special forces storm ship

The operation took place during the night
The Ministry of Defence called the incident a “suspected hijacking” and said Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel authorised the operation in response to a police request.
Mr Wallace said: “In dark skies, and worsening weather, we should all be grateful for our brave personnel. People are safe tonight thanks to their efforts.”
Mrs Patel tweeted she was “thankful for the quick and decisive action of our police and armed forces who were able to bring this situation under control, guaranteeing the safety of all those on board”.
Mr Beale said the individuals were detained after they were met with “overwhelming force”.
He said along with the SBS squad from Poole, in Dorset, a team of Royal Navy divers was deployed in one of the Royal Navy helicopters in case the vessel had been mined – but it had not.
The 748ft-long (228m) ship is known to have left Lagos in Nigeria on 5 October, and was heading to Fawley Oil Refinery near Southampton.
As it approached its destination just east of the Isle of Wight on Sunday morning it was reported that seven stowaways on board had become violent.
Lawyers for the vessel’s owners – Greek shipping company Navios – said the crew had been aware of the stowaways on board for some time.
Concerns over the crew’s welfare were raised at 10:04 GMT when the vessel was six miles off Bembridge, police said.
A three-mile exclusion zone was put in place around the vessel.
Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, said the boarding of the tanker was a “good outcome”.
He said: “Seven stowaways on board taking over a ship or causing the ship not to be in full command would have triggered a multi-agency alarm and then well-rehearsed classified protocols were then put into action.”
Hampshire police said after the suspects were detained that all 22 crew members of the tanker were safe.
“Police are investigating this incident and we have a number of inquiries to carry out to establish the full circumstances,” the force said in a statement late on Sunday.
According to maritime tracking websites, the Nave Andromeda reached port in Southampton early on Monday morning.
In December 2018, four stowaways were detained after they ran amok on a container ship in the Thames Estuary.
The men, from Nigeria and Liberia, waved metal poles and threw faeces and urine after being found hiding on the Grande Tema.

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  • Graham Richards 27/10/2020, 6:19 am

    All of them should have been executed on the deck.
    Now they’ll probably be allowed to stay inUK because if they’re deported they have to go back to the shirthole known as Nigeria.
    Now they’ll be given homes & all the benefits of an “ asylum seeker”! No doubt their families will now be welcomed to the UK as well.

  • Cliff 27/10/2020, 6:21 am

    Huge mistake in not making the ‘detainment’ terminal. These individuals will cost the British taxpayer millions in legal fees (the touchy-feeler lawyers who will represent them will be paid by the taxpayer), and, without the shadow of a doubt, they will eventually end up resident in Britain on the welfare teat for life.

    It is also almost a given that they will be able to bring in extended family to join them.

  • John 27/10/2020, 7:29 am

    Totally agree, C, GR. No doubt whatsoever, the typical Mossad response should have been invoked.
    Or like Hydra`s head there will be two more next week and four after that. The troops should have done the job of Iolaus, cauterising the wound.
    Anyway, as far as quoted “and threw faeces and urine” is concerned the UK really doesn`t need more greenies does it?.

  • Sir Peter 28/10/2020, 9:34 am

    Such a shame this didn’t happen at sea. The stowaways could have been given a swimming lesson

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