The defense ministry initially called the incident an “alleged kidnapping.” It is later said that the seven passengers, believed to be Nigerians seeking asylum in Britain, became threatening when they were placed in a locked cabin.
British special forces responded to a request for help from police on Sunday night. “The armed forces gained control of the ship and seven people were detained. Police investigations will now continue. Initial reports confirm that the crew is safe and well, “said a statement from the Ministry of Defense.
The BBC said special forces “have stopped a 1
According to police, the crew was sheltered in a safe area on board the ship, called the “citadel”. The captain of the ship remained on the bridge, the BBC reported.
A Hampshire police statement said the incident began Sunday morning when “concerns were expressed to police about the welfare of the ship’s crew, just six miles from the Isle of Wight.”
“The ship was traveling in the direction of Southampton after sailing from Lagos to Nigeria. “It was reported that there were many passengers on board who threatened the crew,” police said. “After a multi-agent police response, with the support of the military and other partners in the emergency service, seven people were detained by police.”
The BBC quoted Navios Tanker Management, the crude oil tanker’s operator, as saying that the ship’s captain feared for the safety of his crew “because of the increasingly hostile behavior of passengers without passengers” who “boarded” illegally in Lagos. , Nigeria.
Stumbled passengers became violent when the crew tried to lock them in a cabin, the BBC reported.
Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace said Sunday night: “In a dark sky and worsening weather, we should all be grateful for our brave staff. Tonight, people are safe thanks to their efforts. “