World News – GB – Poole tanker SBS squad storms and arrests stowaways after ‘hijack’


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Poole SBS Commandos stormed an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight following suspected hijacking by stowaways

The raid was authorized by Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday evening after a tense 10-hour confrontation that ended the detention of seven people

Hampshire Police said they were alerted to concerns about the well-being of the crew of the 228-meter-long Nave Andromeda shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday as the ship headed for Southampton, after leaving Lagos in Nigeria

According to shipping tracking websites, the ship reached the port of Southampton early Monday morning

The Defense Ministry said: “In response to a request from the police, the Secretary of Defense and the Minister of the Interior have allowed armed forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and secure a vessel that was suspected of hijacking

“The armed forces took control of the ship and seven people were arrested

« Police investigations will now continue Initial reports confirm that the crew is safe and sound »

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood, Chairman of the Commons Defense Committee, said the boarding of the tanker was a ‘good result’

He told BBC News: “Seven stowaways on board taking control of a ship or preventing the ship from being fully in control would have set off a multi-agency alarm, then well-prepared classified protocols were then implemented. »

Prior to the Armed Forces action, Hampshire Police said the ship was located about six miles off the coast of Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, adding: ‘It has been reported that a certain many stowaways were on board, and they made verbal threats to the crew No one was reported injured  »

The SBS is the elite maritime counterterrorism unit of the Royal Navy, with most of its personnel Royal Marine Commandos who, according to the Department of Defense, « specialize in daring infiltration raids that exploit the element of surprise  »

SBS operations are highly classified and are not officially confirmed, but when stowaways rampaged over a freighter in the Thames Estuary in December 2018, the ship’s operator said they were arrested after SBS personnel were airlifted onto the ship

The Times reported on Sunday that four military helicopters – which allegedly included two Merlin Mk 4s, a Wildcat and a Chinook – took 40 people to the scene of the alleged hijacking aboard the Nave Andromeda

The newspaper quoted a defense source as saying that around 16 SBS members boarded the ship supported by airborne snipers and secured it within nine minutes.

« I salute the hard work of the armed forces and the police to protect lives and secure the ship, » said M Wallace

« In dark skies and deteriorating weather, we should all be thankful for our brave staff. People are safe tonight because of their efforts. »

Ms Patel said: “Tonight we are grateful for the swift and decisive action of our police and armed forces who were able to bring this situation under control, ensuring the safety of all on board. »

A three-mile radius exclusion zone was placed around the ship, and two Coast Guard helicopters were spotted circling the ship in the afternoon

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