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US News England. The army arrests seven suspects after an incident on an oil tanker in the Channel

01:15  26 october  2020
01:15  26 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le navire pétrolier dans la Manche au large de l'île de Wight, au sud de l'Angleterre, le 25 octobre 2020. © REUTERS The oil tanker in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight, in the south of England, on October 25, 2020.

The British army on Sunday took control of an oil tanker in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight, southern England, and seven people were taken into custody.

Seven suspects were arrested on Sunday evening by the British armed forces who "regained control" of an oil tanker in the South of England whose crew had been threatened by stowaways on board, a announced the Ministry of Defense.

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In response to a police request, the Defense Secretary and Home Secretary authorized Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking. (1/2)

- Ministry of Defense (@DefenceHQ) October 25, 2020

"The armed forces have regained control of the boat and seven people have been arrested" , according to the same source, specifying that according to the first elements available, the crew is “safe and sound” . "Police investigations will now continue" , tweeted the Ministry of Defense.

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Concerning situation

According to the Hampshire police, the police were alerted Sunday morning to the worrying situation of the crew of the tanker Nave Andromeda, which was about six miles from the Isle of Wight (South of England).

Police have been reported to stowaways aboard the vessel making "verbal threats" at the crew. No injuries have been reported, according to the same source.

According to Defense Minister Ben Wallace, the operation took place "under a dark sky and deteriorating weather" , saluting the courage of the personnel who intervened. "People are safe tonight because of their efforts" , he tweeted.

Defense Secretary @BWallaceMP : "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. ”

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- Ministry of Defense (@DefenceHQ) October 25, 2020

Interior Minister Priti Patel in a tweet hailed the "rapid and decisive action of our police and our armed forces who were able to regain control of the situation, ensuring the safety of all on board. ”.

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. https://t.co/ZYGu2LdAUk

- Priti Patel (@pritipatel) October 25, 2020

The firm Tatham & Co, representing the owners of the vessel, assured the BBC at “100% " that this is not an attempt at piracy, mentioned by some media.

According to the BBC , citing a source close to the shipping company, the stowaways, whose presence on board was known for a moment, became violent towards the crew, who locked themselves in the "citadel" from the ship to take cover.

The coast guards, who have mobilized two helicopters, are helping the police, said a spokesperson.

Local Isle of Wight Radio initially reported a possible piracy attempt aboard the 228-meter Liberia-registered vessel carrying 42,000 tonnes of crude oil. According to the Sky News channel, the boat, which left Nigeria in early October, was due to dock in Southampton on Sunday morning.

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