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World Oil tanker crew 'safe' following suspected hijacking, minister says

11:45  26 october  2020
11:45  26 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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suspected tanker hijacking and crew are now safe , minister says . Authorities did an "exemplary job" rescuing the crew onboard a tanker hijacked off the Isle of Wight, Matt Hancock has said . "I can confirm the crew are safe and the operation to secure the vessel concluded successfully," Mr

The Ministry of Defence called the incident a " suspected hijacking " and said Defence Secretary The 22 crew members were locked in the ship's citadel and are safe . A three-mile exclusion zone media captionFootage of the oil tanker situated off the Isle of Wight. Tobias Ellwood, chairman of the

Authorities did an "exemplary job" rescuing the crew onboard a tanker hijacked off the Isle of Wight, Matt Hancock has said.

Seven people have been detained after about 16 Special Boat Service (SBS) commandos boarded the Nave Andromeda on Sunday night and regained control of the vessel.

"I can confirm the crew are safe and the operation to secure the vessel concluded successfully," Mr Hancock told Sky News.

He added: "I would like to pay tribute to the police and armed forces who did such an exemplary job… this is what they train for and this is what they're there for, to protect our country and they did that to such a high standard."

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The Foreign Minister says an incident involving Australian passengers at Doha airport has been referred Bob Seely, who represents the Isle of Wight in Parliament, said the British Government was likely British special forces storm ' hijacked ' tanker in English Channel after stowaways turn violent.

Seven people have been detained after a suspected hijacking on an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight, Sky News understands. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) tweeted that according to "initial reports", the crew are safe and well. Sky News' home affairs correspondent, Mark White, said about 16 Special

a small boat in a large body of water: The Nave Andromeda docked safely in Southampton on Monday morning Pic: Marinetraffic.com/Arthur George Terry © Other The Nave Andromeda docked safely in Southampton on Monday morning Pic: Marinetraffic.com/Arthur George Terry

Hampshire Police received reports that a "number of stowaways" were on board and had made "verbal threats towards the crew" soon after 10am on Sunday as the ship headed towards Southampton, having set sail from Lagos in Nigeria.

The raid on the tanker was authorised by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel in response to the "suspected hijacking" and after a tense 10-hour stand-off, the MoD said.

The SBS and two Royal Navy Merlin helicopters were involved, along with two Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters.

Sky News defence correspondent Alistair Bunkall said the "textbook" operation was "pretty swift" and what is known in military terms as a "flash to bang".

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Oil Tanker - 25th October. Ms Patel said : “Tonight we are thankful for the quick and decisive action of The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the ship had been "subject to a suspected hijacking ". The crew were all found safe inside the ships’ stronghold. The incident will add to the pressure on Ms

Initial reports confirm the crew are safe and well,” the U.K. Ministry of Defence said in a tweet (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Armed Forces took control of an oil tanker in the English Channel and detained seven individuals, ending an incident involving the suspected hijacking of the Liberian-flagged Nave

a bridge over a body of water at night: Special forces ended a suspected hijacking on tanker off the Isle of Wight © Sky News Screen Grab Special forces ended a suspected hijacking on tanker off the Isle of Wight

It was all over in seven minutes, maritime risk expert Chris Parry told Sky News, with the commandos being roped on board.

According to maritime tracking websites, the 228-metre long ship reached port in Southampton early on Monday morning.

The Ministry of Defence said: "In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking.

"Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: The Nave Andromeda arrives to port on October 26, 2020 in Southampton, England. The 228-metre, Liberian-registered oil tanker was carrying oil from Nigeria to the port of Southampton when it was subjected to a suspect hijacking by stowaways off the coast of the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of the British Isles. The Ministry of Defence and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board the vessel in response to a police request and the incident was brought to a close in just nine minutes. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: The Nave Andromeda arrives to port on October 26, 2020 in Southampton, England. The 228-metre, Liberian-registered oil tanker was carrying oil from Nigeria to the port of Southampton when it was subjected to a suspect hijacking by stowaways off the coast of the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of the British Isles. The Ministry of Defence and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board the vessel in response to a police request and the incident was brought to a close in just nine minutes. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

"Police investigations will now continue. Initial reports confirm the crew are safe and well."

Seven held after British military boards threatened oil tanker in English Channel

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Last night the Ministry of Defence said initial reports confirmed that the crew — believed to Earlier in the day, police had said verbal threats had been made towards the crew but no one had been " Following a multi-agency response by police with support from the military and other emergency

The SBS is the elite maritime counter-terrorism unit of the Royal Navy, with most of its personnel Royal Marine Commandos who, the MoD says, "specialise in daring undercover raids that exploit the element of surprise".

SBS operations are highly classified and not officially confirmed, but when stowaways ran amok on a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary in December 2018, the ship's operator said they were detained after SBS personnel were airlifted onto the vessel.

On Sunday Ms Patel said: "Tonight we are 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."

Before the armed forces action, Hampshire Police said the vessel had been located around six miles off the coast of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, adding: "It was reported that a number of stowaways were on board, and they had made verbal threats towards the crew. No one has been reported injured."

An exclusion zone with a three-mile radius was placed around the vessel, with two coastguard helicopters spotted circling the ship in the afternoon.

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