AN oil tanker ship has been ‘hijacked by stowaways’ off the Isle of Wight
The coastguard and police were called to a ‘security incident’ on an oil tanker near the Isle of Wight on Sunday, October 25, when it was reported that ‘stowaways attempted to hijack’ the ship.
The Nave Andromeda, a Libyan-registered ship, was discovered south of Sandown, on its way to Southampton from Nigeria, according to Isle of Wight Radio.
The ship has been carrying 42,000 tonnes of crude oil and left Nigeria on October 6, and crew members are reportedly sheltering on the ship.
A restriction zone of five nautical miles is now in place around the vessel, according to Sky News, while a coastguard helicopter is also circling the ship, as seen on Flight Tracker.
A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight”.
“We will provide you with further updates when we are in a position to do so,” he added.
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