Isle of Wight: 'Military assistance' sought over tanker stowaways

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This is probably some of those lovely asylum seekers the lefties want us to take in...

Isle of Wight: 'Military assistance' sought over tanker stowaways

BBC News
25th October 2020


The Nave Andromeda (in the middle of the three boats) has not been hijacked, the lawyers representing the tanker's owners have said

Military assistance has been requested over an "ongoing incident" on board an oil tanker situated off the Isle of Wight, the BBC understands.

The crude oil tanker, the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda, is known to have stowaways on board and was due to dock in Southampton earlier.

Richard Meade, editor of shipping news journal Lloyd's List, said there were thought to be seven stowaways on board.

He said it was believed they had become violent towards the crew.

BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said Hampshire police had requested military assistance but it was not clear what support had been requested "and whether it will be activated or requested for back up".

Police said no-one had been reported injured and a three-mile exclusion zone was in place near the vessel.

Concerns over the crew's welfare were raised at 10:04 GMT when the vessel was six miles off Bembridge, police said.

A spokesman said "verbal threats" had been made towards the crew.

The 240ft-long (73m) ship is known to have left Lagos in Nigeria on 5 October and is currently situated south of the Isle of Wight.

Lawyers for the vessel's owners said they had been aware of the stowaways on board for some time.

Mr Meade said: "They discovered seven stowaways on board the vessel. When the crew tried to detain the stowaways in a cabin they got violent and that sparked the security incident.



"This wasn't a hijacking attempt. This was the fact that they discovered stowaways on board and the stowaways didn't want to be locked in a cabin."

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, said: "The ship is very visible from the eastern side of the island. What the main thing is now, is how serious the situation is."


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Seven suspects have been detained after a suspected hijacking involving stowaways on a tanker off the Isle of Wight.

UK special forces completed the operation in nine minutes, BBC Defence Correspondent Jonathan Beale said.

Military assistance had been requested after the stowaways on board the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda reportedly became violent.

The crew, who were locked in the ship's citadel, are safe.

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: "I commend the hard work of the armed forces and police to protect lives and secure the ship.

"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 members of the Special Boat Service based at Poole, in Dorset, were involved in the operation, which also featured six helicopters.

A team of Royal Navy divers was also flown in one of the Royal Navy helicopters in case the vessel had been mined but it had not.


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7 Nigerian stowaways. I wonder if they get deported? ...or Blackie has some new neighbors..

They will probably get a house, food and money..
 

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7 Nigerian stowaways. I wonder if they get deported? ...or Blackie has some new neighbors..
They will probably get a house, food and money..

They'll be put up in a five star hotel like the rest of them, while we've got homeless on our streets.
 

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They'll be put up in a five star hotel like the rest of them, while we've got homeless on our streets.

Same shit in Canada.. and now Trudeau wants to cancel the Canada-U.S. Refugee pact. So you can enter the USA and become a Canadian Refugee when Trudeau removes the third safe country..

Basically all the 1000's of migrants on the US/Mexican border can now be shipped directly to Canada.

Federal Court declares Canada-U.S. refugee pact unconstitutional
 
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Same shit in Canada.. and now Trudeau wants to cancel the Canada-U.S. Refugee pact. So you can enter the USA and become a Canadian Refugee when Trudeau removes the third safe country..
Basically all the 1000's of migrants on the US/Mexican border can now be shipped directly to Canada.
Federal Court declares Canada-U.S. refugee pact unconstitutional

It's disgusting what the Left are doing. There are whole five star hotels around the UK that are just packed full of illegal immigrants. Every single room given over to them. They get it all paid for by the taxpayer and they get a little bit of spending money. Homeless people have even been booted out of hotel rooms to put illegals in. It's disgraceful.