SBS commandos from Poole, UK raided an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight after receiving a report of a suspected hijacking by stowaways.
UK Special Boat Service (SBS) commandos from their headquarters in Poole, UK raided an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight after receiving a report of a suspected hijacking by stowaways and arrested 7 suspects.
According to the British Ministry of Defense, the commandos responded to a police request to board the ship Nave Andromeda which was suspected to have been hijacked while it was on the English Channel.
“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,” said the Hampshire police.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel gave authorization to the commandos after the Hampshire police expressed concerns about the safety of the ship’s crew.
“In response to a police request, the Defence 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,” said Wallace.
After a 10-hour standoff, the commandos have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained.
“Police investigations will now continue. Initial reports confirm the crew are safe and well,” reported Wallace after the raid.
The Navios Andromeda was six miles off the coast of the Isle of Wight at the time it was stormed after sailing from Lagos in Nigeria.