Oil tanker encircled after attempting to hijack off the coast of England


According to news reports, authorities have surrounded an oil tanker following reports of an attempted abduction off the coast of the Isle of Wight.

The Telegraph reported that a 42,000-ton Liberian oil tanker Navi Andromeda was scheduled to arrive in Britain’s Southampton harbor on Sunday afternoon but was moving off the island’s coast, but reported a crisis around 9am local time.

“We are aware and are dealing with an ongoing incident on the ship, which is located south of the Isle of Wight,” Hampshire Police told the outlet. “Search and rescue helicopters are in attendance on Lee to Solent and Lid.”

The 748-foot tanker, built in 2011, departed about two weeks before Lagos, Nigeria.

The Guardian reported that unconfirmed reports suggested attempting to take some of the stowaways onboard.

According to the Mirror, the crew was sheltered somewhere after the distress call was pulled out.

The tanker is now placed in the English Channel, while the Coast Guard placed a five-nautical-mile restriction around the ship, which is about four miles off the coast of the island.

A local Member of Parliament, Bob Sealy, said, “The relevant units are looking at options for what they can do for us.”

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