7 DETAINED AND 22 RESCUED BY MILITARY FORCES – TIMELINE OF NAVE ANDROMEDA INCIDENT

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7 stowaways who threatened the lives of 22 crew members on board the Nave Andromeda, a Liberian-flagged oil tanker, are being questioned by authorities this morning (Monday) following yesterday’s rescue mission off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

The UK’s elite Special Boat Service was drafted in after the Home Secretary Pritti Patel gave the green light for military intervention, with around 16 commandos boarding the Nave Andromeda near Ventnor under the cover of darkness.

The incident began at around 10:00 yesterday morning when the stowaways became violent to the tanker’s crew by making verbal threats. The Captain quickly raised a security alert and locked down the vessel amid fears of a hijacking. Some terrifying 10 hours later and all 22 crew were rescued by the Armed Forces in a mission that one would expect in the Gulf region, not UK waters.

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4 military helicopters, 2 Coastguard helicopters, 2 Police helicopters, HMS Richmond, 2 All Weather Lifeboats and several other watercraft were all involved in the mission, which concluded without injury at just before 19:30.

Despite conflicting reports, the oil tanker was not carrying any cargo – as first suggested by Island Echo in our early reports.

The Nave Andromeda is now safely alongside at the Queen Elizabeth II terminal in Southampton.

So how did the incident develop?

10:04 – Authorities alerted to the developing situation on board the ship
10:32Island Echo made aware of the incident and mobilises a reporter
10:45 – Vessel goes to anchor and Captain requests immediate assistance
11:00 – Nave Andromeda locked down and put to anchor
11:17 – Island Echo captures the first photographs of the tanker from Cowleaze
11:35 – Coastguard Rescue 175 airborne and heads towards the vessel
11:40 – Exclusion zone put in place around the ship
12:30 – Tug Lomax heads out of Southampton towards to the East of the Isle of Wight
12:44Island Echo approaches the Ministry of Defence for a statement
12:54Island Echo approaches HM Coastguard for a statement
13:00 – Stowaways continue violence and try to gain access to secured areas
13:49Island Echo publishes a story and photographs
14:10 – Police position an officer on lookout duties and Island Echo requests a statement from Hampshire Constabulary
14:18 – Police issue a brief statement confirming an ongoing incident
14:32 – Coastguard Rescue helicopter from Lydd arrives on scene
14:37 – HM Coastguard issue a statement confirming 2 Rescue helicopters from Solent and Lydd involved
14:40 – National Police Air Service Helicopter from Bournemouth arrives off the coast
16:05 – Metropolitan Police helicopter arrives overhead – NPAS Bournemouth returns for refuelling
16:51 – Bembridge RNLI and Selsey RNLI lifeboats launched
17:03 – NPAS Bournemouth returns to the scene
17:07 – RAF Chinook helicopters land at the Special Boat Service’s HQ in Dorset
17:20 – Met Police helicopter flies to Lee-on-Solent for refuelling
17:41 – Police leave visual lookout point as darkness falls
18:08 – Met Police helicopter returns overhead to take over from NPAS Bournemouth
18:31 – Nave Andromeda’s lights are switched off
19:10 – 2 Royal Navy Merlin helicopters and 2 Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters move in on the target
19:30 – 7 people detained and 22 crew found safe and well – the mission took just 7-9 minutes
21:20 – Bembridge Lifeboat stood down from the operation and returns to the offshore boathouse
22:40 – Pilot arrives on the Nave Andromeda and it begins its journey to port
02:00 – Nave Andromeda arrives alongside at the Queen Elizabeth II terminal in Southampton

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Home Secretary Priti Patel last night tweeted:

“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.”

Ben Wallace, Defence Secretary, added:

“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.”

VIDEO:

Nave Andromeda alongside in Southampton this morning (Monday)

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Fed up
Fed up
2 months ago

Well done all concerned. Now, without any disrespect to those involved, those who venture onto the infamous floating bridge can rest assured that when (not should) things go wrong again they will be saved.

Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
2 months ago

So if it was ’empty’, can we assume that it had docked at Fawley sometime and was on the way home ? Tracking suggests that is not the case…

Big Ben
Big Ben
Reply to  Martin Shoebridge
2 months ago

Fawley doesn’t just offload crude oil, it also loads refined products onto smaller tankers. This ship would have been arriving empty to fill up

Tony
Tony
Reply to  Martin Shoebridge
2 months ago

Collecting a load of “gasoline”, hence she was empty.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

Thank god none of the crew is hurt
The scallywags that hijacked the ship should get thrown into prison and we should have their names as well.
It took a while for the problem to be solved but at least it’s over now.
Hope it never happens again

Sharon
Sharon
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Send them home! If they go into our system they’ve got exactly what they wanted, to live on British soil.

For 2 Pins..
For 2 Pins..
2 months ago

The ‘detained’ have got exactly what they want, to be on British soil, with the bleeding hearts naive and free legal aid to ensure that they ‘won’t be going back’.

This rubbish should have been executed but, instead will soon be free to live their lawless life here, ruining decent people’s lives and creating many scattered clones to ensure that future generations suffer because of our weak laws.

Bob Frapples
Bob Frapples
2 months ago

They were discovered when they were close to England now there’s a bit of luck, I think the captain and crew should be questioned

John Dunn
John Dunn
Reply to  Bob Frapples
2 months ago

Zigzagging off Brest coast the previous day, did nobody tell the frogs ?

Miche
Miche
2 months ago

its coming across to me like they just wanted a lift here and abit of attention to go with it! After all the BBC’s website saying the owners lawyers are saying they new the stowaways were on there for a while, now apparent no cargo was on there, and it all transpires in our waters.. convienent don’t you think? Well certainly got the attention they wanted to go with it!

Just Sayin’
Just Sayin’
2 months ago

Nice to see that they have been questioned. “Where would you like to live?” , “How many extended members of family do have so we can arrange a big enough house“,,”No, no don’t worry, British families don’t mind waiting a bit longer for a bigger house, they are used to queuing, some even like it. “Now, how much money would you like? We can give you some today and” “Pardon, oh no there is no tax to pay, we are not barbarians””……………..

Tonald Drump
Tonald Drump
2 months ago

What did they expect? Seven of them breaking the rule of six covid law!!

Arthur
Arthur
2 months ago

Big shout out to all the security organisations involved and thank you for keeping us safe.

Steven Willet
Steven Willet
Reply to  Arthur
2 months ago

We are NOT safe, safe would have been a bullet in the back of each head, now rape, stabbing, drugs, s ex slavery and other crimes in which these vile beings excel in will be the norm.

Shaun
Shaun
2 months ago

If anything,good excersise for our special forces,lucky it wasent somewhere else in the world as they might have been taken off in body bags!

Steven Willet
Steven Willet
Reply to  Shaun
2 months ago

IF only. Sooo proud to live in a gutless weak nation are we?

John Dunn
John Dunn
2 months ago

What was it doing zigzagging of the Brest coast the previous day ?

Worried Brit
Worried Brit
2 months ago

As a natural sceptical person I naturally consider that these 7 were smuggled in by the crew and the whole end game thing planned to fool and take advantage of our naive British immigration policy whilst filling the smugglers pocket. So now, I hope we do not allow these 7 criminals to remain on our shores, but…argh there goes my scepticism again.

Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Reply to  Worried Brit
2 months ago

Bore off

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