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POLICE CONFIRM 7 MEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF HIJACKING UNDER MARITIME SECURITY ACT

Police have confirmed that 7 men at the centre of yesterday’s Nave Andromeda incident have been arrested on suspicion of hijacking a ship – an offence which carries a maximum term of life imprisonment.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the major rescue operation off the coast of the Isle of Wight, with all 7 men being questioned at Police stations across Hampshire.

The group have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force under Section 9 (1) and (3) of Aviation and Maritime and Security Act 1990. The offence is classed as hijacking and a person guilty of the offence of hijacking a ship is liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life.

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All 22 crew members are safe and well and the vessel is now alongside in the port of Southampton. Investigators are speaking to the crew members to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

Read a timeline of events on how the major national story developed…

Hampshire Constabulary have thanked the partner agencies involved including the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the military, the Home Office and Border Force, which have been helping the investigation and assisted in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion.

It was just before 19:30 last night that Special Boat Service commandos descended onto the vessel off Ventnor, detaining the 7 stowaways and securing the safety of both the crew and ship.

Operators of the ship at the centre of yesterday’s incident, Navios Tanker Management, have today said:

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“We are pleased to report that the 7 stowaways who illegally boarded the Liberian Flag tanker in Lagos, Nigeria, have been detained by the UK Authorities after a multi-agency response, including police, military and emergency forces.

“The UK Authorities had been advised by the Master that stowaways had been found on board and that he was concerned for the safety of the crew due to the increasingly hostile behaviour of the stowaways.

“Happily no crew members were injured and all are safe and well.

“Navios Tanker Management wish to thank all the UK Authorities involved in this operation for their timely and professional response.

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“Navios would also like to pay tribute to the Master of the Nave Andromeda for his exemplary response and calmness and to all the crew for their fortitude in a difficult situation.”

Nave Andromeda alongside at Southampton this morning

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Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
7 months ago

How old is this maritime law? I honestly don’t believe a judge will serve a life sentence for this act. Do you? Probably let them stay and give them a council flat each

Truth
Truth
Reply to  Opinions Matter
7 months ago

We except any crap into this country, the bleeding heart liberals have seen too that, and we’re all paying the price…

Steven Willet
Steven Willet
7 months ago

More low life who will never leave now. Mission accomplished for them, now a life of crime, churning out clones for tax payers to keep, so the ruination of the Western world continues

anon
anon
7 months ago

Should of thrown them all overboard.

Steve
Steve
7 months ago

Life behind bars yes pubs in Southampton that will be all

Steven Willet
Steven Willet
Reply to  Steve
7 months ago

I would have said lol, IF it weren’t so true, plenty of clones from all of them before they die, kept by us, for the rest of time, and the most vile crimes committed as a ‘thank you’ for being given a safe land in which to ruin.

Old Mike
Old Mike
7 months ago

I wonder how long it was before the word ASYLUM was mentioned? Minutes?

Flaps up
Flaps up
7 months ago

The lefty lawyers will be queing up to defend them so they can stay and get free money .

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