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UPDATED: ‘PIRATES’ FORCE OIL TANKER INTO LOCKDOWN OFF THE ISLE OF WIGHT

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A Liberian-flagged oil tanker has been forced to anchor off the Isle of Wight amid fears stowaways are trying to seize control of the ship. 

The 228-metre Nave Andromeda, which has been at sea since leaving Nigeria earlier this month, is currently anchored to the East of the Island near Ventnor.

Island Echo is told that the crew have taken secure refuge following the discovery of a number of stowaways on board, who are attempting to hijack the tanker.

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A 3-mile exclusion zone has been put in place around the vessel, which can be clearly seen from high points in Shanklin and Ventnor.

Coastguard Rescue 175 helicopter from Lee-on-Solent has been circling the area as the situation unfolds.

The incident is likely to lead to the involvement of the Armed Forces, including the Royal Navy and the Special Boat Service (SBS).

UPDATE @ 14:24 – Hampshire Constabulary have positioned an officer on observation duty at the top of Cowleaze, monitoring the vessel from afar.

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A spokesperson for the force has said:

“We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight”.

HM Coastguard have also issued a brief statement:

“We are currently assisting Hampshire Constabulary with an incident on board a vessel situated off the Isle of Wight.

“The search and rescue helicopters from Lee on Solent and Lydd are in attendance”.

The situation remains largely unchanged since the alarm was raised at around 10:30.

UPDATE @ 17:03 – As night falls, there is no indication on how this incident will conclude with the vessel still at sea and the stowaways still on board.

Island Echo can now report that there are believed to be 6 or 7 stowaways on the vessel. They became violent towards the crew, who have been left fearing for their lives.

The Captain has pleaded for assistance.

The Metropolitan Police have become involved in the operation with a helicopter circling overhead. The National Police Air Service Helicopter from Bournemouth is also now present in the local area.

Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat has launched and is standing by, as is Selsey RNLI Lifeboat.

It is unclear if the Special Boat Service are to be called in, although the presence of a Chinook helicopter travelling towards the SBS base in Dorset has raised questions about military involvement.

UPDATE @ 18:05 – The operation to bring the situation to a safe and peaceful conclusion continues this evening.

2 lifeboats and Police launches are holding off in the vicinity of Sandown Bay, with 2 helicopters circling overhead.

There has been no official update from Police or the Ministry of Defence, however, Lloyds List state it is believed the individuals boarded the Nave Andromeda through the rudder whilst in Nigeria.

UPDATE @ 18:50 – It is understood that the Special Boat Service has been requested to assist with bringing the incident to a conclusion.

2 Chinook helicopters are understood to have left the Royal Marines base in Dorset and are using the cover of darkness to take action.

Hampshire Constabulary has issued an updated statement:

“At 10.04am today (25 October) concerns were raised to police for the welfare of crew on board the Nave Andromeda – a vessel situated approximately six miles off the coast of Bembridge, Isle of Wight.

“The vessel had been travelling in the direction of Southampton.

“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.

“An exclusion zone, with a three mile radius, is currently in place near the vessel.

“Police are currently working closely with our partners, including the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and Border Force, to bring this incident to a safe conclusion”.

UPDATE @ 19:30 – It is thought that military action is being taken at this moment in time, with reports that a helicopter has landed on the vessel.

A Military Helicopter – flying without lights and with tracking switched off – has been heard flying in The Bay Area.

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Suzie
Suzie
2 months ago

What the hell…….. Is it Captain Jack Sparrow??

4l1stoker
4l1stoker
Reply to  Suzie
2 months ago

Yes think it maybe if the Ship is named Black Pearl

Spence Cave
Spence Cave
Reply to  Suzie
2 months ago

Aarrghh…

The Cats Paw
The Cats Paw
Reply to  Suzie
2 months ago

No, just the usual, vile, savage and cruel, murdering low life of which we apparently seem unable to stop filling our once pleasant land with.

Yet if one of these crims is accidently killed, then the whole world is ‘out of step’ and has to beg, bow and scrape to them for the rest of time..

Arthur Sausage
Arthur Sausage
2 months ago

Wightlink & Red Funnel pirates no doubt.

Sausage Slayer.
Sausage Slayer.
Reply to  Arthur Sausage
2 months ago

No listen here you silly sausage, We are in competition, not co-operation. Times have been hard.
Now let the grown ups get on with our honest trade, and you stick your sausage elsewhere or you will find yourself laid up with operational problems x

Rezzy
Rezzy
2 months ago

S.B.S(special boat service !!!) Well this is gunna get interesting if they are getting involved

tipper
tipper
2 months ago

A new way of entering the uk

Steven Willet
Steven Willet
Reply to  tipper
2 months ago

Any race which has to keep trying to convince the world it is so great, clearly is unlikely to be.

Rules, laws, censorship will not alter the fact for all to see.

The Tonk
The Tonk
Reply to  Steven Willet
2 months ago

I am constantly amazed that those type of guests in the UK who gang r ape children, stab, shoot, beat, acid attack, mug, drug deal, steal, extort, blow our young limbless, run over citizens deliberately, amongst many other horrors, are ‘still’ allowed here.

Christ just what will it take for the public to see, the Gov have done a wonderful job of brainwashing the naive.

Partridge
Partridge
Reply to  Steven Willet
2 months ago

What does that mean??

Tell-it how it is
Tell-it how it is
2 months ago

Plenty of such delightful people arriving here once the huge building expansion of Ryde is filled with mainland councils overspill.

Perhaps then and only then people here will see such in their true light, rather than falling for currently in vouge, misplaced sympathy for these all too often vile, troublesome people.

Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
Reply to  Tell-it how it is
2 months ago

Not mainland overspill, well maybe some but mainly foreign ref ugees. Haven’t you heard, this is Priti Patel’s latest project to comender the IOW for one way visitors!!!!!

The Artful Dodger
The Artful Dodger
2 months ago

SAS/SBS incoming Boom ! Double tap

Old bean
Old bean
Reply to  The Artful Dodger
2 months ago

Happy days

Craig David
Craig David
Reply to  The Artful Dodger
2 months ago

Let’s collaborate again. Call me.

Hendrick Olsan
Hendrick Olsan
Reply to  The Artful Dodger
2 months ago

Sadly toothless Tigers now against anything but ‘whites’, for those that can do no wrong can’t be harmed now, lest our electrical stores and trainer stores are raised to the ground.

Betty Swollocks
Betty Swollocks
Reply to  Hendrick Olsan
2 months ago

Surely you mean razed to the ground? Racist and stupid, you must be a real catch, Hendrick.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

Speechless..
My childhood dream was to see and meet pirates but seriously.
It’s an oil tanker! What and why do they need an oil tanker for??

Bing Bong
Bing Bong
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Maybe they need new oil for their fryer?

Stephen Kitcher
Stephen Kitcher
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Worth millions thats why… Used as a bargaining tool to get a ransom.

Theresa Tosdevin
Theresa Tosdevin
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

For hostages

Gary
Gary
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

High speed getaway

Ian
Ian
2 months ago

This could be a worse eco desaster than the Pacific glory

Bob colins
Bob colins
Reply to  Ian
2 months ago

Lol

Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas
2 months ago

It’s very Captain Phillips.

Let’s hope it’s comes to a safe end for the crew. I don’t give a shit about the possible pirates or terrorists. SBS, SAS, MI6 do what you do best and eliminate these scum!!

Tom
Tom
2 months ago

That’ll be the French, not getting their way with Brexit.

Karn Evil 9
Karn Evil 9
2 months ago

If that thing is full of oil it could be disastrous, but if that picture is of the ship as it is now, it seems to be to high in the water to have any oil onboard. Let’s hope it all ends O.K.

Nigelt
Nigelt
2 months ago

Been looking at the ship. Would suggest it is not anchored,seems to be just drifting. Definitely moving but can’t see propeller wake.

Grumpy Old Git
Grumpy Old Git
2 months ago

Trade-in on Calamity Chain anyone?

Tony
Tony
2 months ago

Obviously heard about the 4 star hotels going for sea farers.

Partridge
Partridge
2 months ago

Send in the SBS and slot the scum

BLACKWITCH10102
BLACKWITCH10102
2 months ago

Maybe they want entry to the uk‍♂️or have more sinister intent I say send in the army or sas

C-It
C-It
2 months ago

Let us hope they are all killed by special forces. Otherwise we will be keeping them and countless relatives for the rest eternity.

Mark Reeve
Mark Reeve
2 months ago

If you look on Marine Radar app this ship has done 2 lots of bizarre manoeuvres off the coast of France if you look at the 5 day tracker??

Bert
Bert
2 months ago

So the lone copper up cowlease, what’s he going to do??

Tony
Tony
2 months ago

That tanker is empty. Not bringing oil to Fawley.

mark
mark
Reply to  Tony
2 months ago

think you got that one wrong mate, 42,000 tonnes saying on news

Tony
Tony
Reply to  mark
2 months ago

Look at the waterline. Or is this a different ship?

Anybody's Guess
Anybody's Guess
Reply to  mark
2 months ago

As Tony said, the waterline suggests that it is on the empty side. Perhaps the media report was referring to the vessel’s gross tonnage, reportedly gross tonnage of 42,338 tons.

David Lines
David Lines
Reply to  mark
2 months ago

42,000 tonnes is the weight of the vessel

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

give it a rest mate.

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

Stowaways not pirates. Click bate.

Abby
Abby
Reply to  Richard
2 months ago

Exactly! Why would Nigerian pirates travel here before taking control of a ship and they would take the crew underground for ransom that’s not really going to happen here is it They are stowaways and it used to be the case that they would have to remain on the ship and disembarked from where they came sometimes costing a fortune and being onboard for along time! They are wanting to get into Britain not take the ship or crew If it was the gulf of Aden I would be of a different opinion. So dramatic and I can’t believe people… Read more »

Abby
Abby
Reply to  Richard
2 months ago

My comment wasn’t approved maybe this will

You are right stowaways are not pirates.

If they were pirates they would abs. Taken control of the ship in Nigeria and taken the European crew for kidnap and ransom.

This is typical case of Nigerians wanting to abscond and not return to their home country for the punishment they’ll receive

Despondant
Despondant
2 months ago

Maybe they’re making another film

TJB
TJB
2 months ago

Think they’re a bit lost, Blackgang is just around the corner!

Unimpressed
Unimpressed
2 months ago

Mongs, as in Mongols, as in people with down syndrome. Isn’t disability discrimination a hate crime? Can we have this taken down please?

Islander
Islander
Reply to  Unimpressed
2 months ago

Well said. That sort of remark is totally unacceptable.

Gogi
Gogi
2 months ago

A more vile crime ridden a race it would be hard to imagine. To many their live’s aren’t top of the priority list, somewhere below rats imo.

Gabe G
Gabe G
2 months ago

These silly immigrant. Probably watched pirates of the Caribbean one too many times.

Ivor Biggun
Ivor Biggun
2 months ago

Currently on BBC news site:-
The owners’ lawyers said it had been known for a while there were stowaways were on board.
The Maritime Coastguard Agency said it was assisting police and search and rescue helicopters were at the scene.
The Ministry of Defence has told the BBC that there is no military involvement in the operation.
As of 16.30 there seems to be no helicopters on scene with the one from Lydd having left the scene around 16.15

Benjo
Benjo
2 months ago

They’ll be sneaking to the shore tonight it’s OK..

Partridge
Partridge
2 months ago

Soon the ‘stowaways’ will be sent to stay in a four star hotel I’m sure.

dan price
dan price
2 months ago

NOW THATS AN UPGRADE from the normal 6person RIB

Hayley
Hayley
2 months ago

There are stowage onboard apparently

Bing Bong
Bing Bong
2 months ago

Finally a real news story and not some clickbait like someone crashing thier car or someone getting nail varnish on their cat.

Ryan Groundsell
Ryan Groundsell
2 months ago

Perhaps they want to come ashore to deepen the Wroxall gene pool ?

temperance
temperance
2 months ago

Arghhhhhh they on their way to the Isle of Wight

Truth
Truth
2 months ago

Perhaps they are waiting for Gary Lineker to give them a room at his house…

Bob colins
Bob colins
Reply to  Truth
2 months ago

Very true lol

Badger
Badger
2 months ago

Oil tanker or people sumglers?

Nelson
Nelson
Reply to  Badger
2 months ago

What’s a ‘sumgler’, please?

Andrew churches
Andrew churches
2 months ago

Come on, let’s not sensationalise this. Stowaways, rather than pirates. Cheap journalism.

Hendrick Olsan
Hendrick Olsan
Reply to  Andrew churches
2 months ago

Likely all trouble, whatever. Let’s hope they get returned if they can’t just shoot them. We are now jailing many of this countries grateful population here now. Don’t want any more. Welcome mat worn out years ago.

Anonymous
Anonymous
Reply to  Andrew churches
2 months ago

Same thing technically

Uncle Albert
Uncle Albert
Reply to  Andrew churches
2 months ago

I think you’ll find that trying to seize control of a ship on the high seas is an act of piracy.

Nigelt
Nigelt
2 months ago

Lights have all gone out. Can’t see where it is anymore.

Ooi
Ooi
2 months ago

Oof

Nigelt
Nigelt
2 months ago

Operation underway. Loads of boats an helicopter s around the ship.

Bob
Bob
2 months ago

Looks like it’s all kicking off now, three hells red flashing lights and two lots off blue flashing lights on ship

Wavey Davey
Wavey Davey
2 months ago

2 lifeboats playing cat and mouse with the vessel at the moment presumably with military onboard. Let’s hope for a conclusion that doesn’t involve an oil spillage

Ryde Reader
Ryde Reader
2 months ago

I don’t think I want a member of our police force being wasted like this. He can’t do anything for heavens sake. We haven’t enough police on the Island to be playing a ‘Dad’s Army’ role!

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Ryde Reader
2 months ago

Don’t tell them Pike!!

Pepe
Pepe
2 months ago

“They became violent towards the crew …”

Sounds like decent people, no?

Hendrick Olsan
Hendrick Olsan
Reply to  Pepe
2 months ago

It is ‘what’ these type ‘do’.

Level Phil
Level Phil
2 months ago

Good to see Islandecho ahead of the game. They had first reported this incident long before the BBC did.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

Seems to be on the move now with both the Bembridge and Selsey lifeboats following behind it.
(May be related to the helicopter that went over a few minutes ago)

ron
ron
2 months ago

Why are the special forces not using our floating bridge to board the vessel and possibly take the council with them

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

Helicopter just flew over my place. Not sure in which direction. I think towards Bembridge area

Ann
Ann
Reply to  Anonymous
2 months ago

Just seen helicopters fly past us in ventnor towards st Catherine’s its good to see the authorities are doing something. Thats the last thing we need landing on our beaches

tipper
tipper
2 months ago

Ship them back to where they came from they are not wanted here

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