The MV Nave Andromeda has been seized by stowaways off the Isle of Wight.
Reports suggest crew are sheltering on the ship, but police have not confirmed these reports.
— Isle of Wight Radio (@iwightradio) October 25, 2020
The oil tanker was due to dock in Southampton earlier today.
Hampshire police said in a statement:
“We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident onboard a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.”
Additionally, HM Coastguard have said:
“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.”
A UK Chamber of Shipping spokesperson said:
“We are aware of an incident onboard the Nave Andromeda off the Isle of Wight and are in contact with the relevant authorities. We believe it is likely to be related to stowaways on board but are awaiting more information.”
A 3-mile exclusion zone has been put in place around the vessel.
Looks like an RAF Chinook has already gone into Poole to pick them up. pic.twitter.com/zignmMueFq
— Neil (@NeilP93533035) October 25, 2020