7 stowaways arrested after UK forces take control over suspected hijacked tanker
British armed forces have taken control of the oil tanker Nave Andromeda after seven stowaways reportedly hijacked the vessel in the English Channel over the weekend.
The Liberian-flagged tanker arrived into UK waters on Sunday from Lagos, where the stowaways allegedly boarded the vessel.
The crew issued a mayday call on October 25, while situated south of the Isle of Wight. Based on the accounts from the ship operator’s spokesman, cited by the Wall Street Journal, the crew was threatened by the stowaways and retreated into the ship’s citadel for safety reasons.
It is not clear when the captain and the crew found the stowaways on board.
Imformation source: World Maritime News