Picture: PA SBS on Oil Tanker off the Isle of Wight

A recording of a mayday alert heard the captain name for ‘instant help’ (Image: PA)

A mayday alert heard the captain of an oil tanker ask for ‘instant help’ after seven stowaways surrounded the ship’s management room.

British particular companies had been pressured to raid the Nave Andromeda, which was anchored by Sandown Bay, the Isle of Wight, after an alert revealed the Nigerian stowaways on-board. The lads had been then arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising management of a ship by use of threats or pressure.

A recording of the mayday name made by the tanker’s Greek captain described how he was attempting to maintain the stowaways ‘calm’ throughout the incident. They’d been found early into the vessel’s voyage.

He mentioned: ‘The stowaways go outdoors, I see 4 particular person port aspect, mid-ship, close to to the manifold, and I’ve two of them starboard aspect on the bridge however can not coming inside. I attempt to hold them calm however I would like instantly, instantly company help.’

In later radio messages, the captain additionally reportedly mentioned he feared for his life amid the incident.

A supply advised The Occasions that the lads had turn into ‘aggressive and fairly upset’ once they realised ‘they weren’t going to be allowed to get off and disappear into the British countryside’.

The Nave Andromeda oil tanker docked next to the Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton. Seven people have been detained after British armed forces stormed the oil tanker off the Isle of Wight following a suspected hijacking by stowaways. PA Photo. Picture date: Monday October 26, 2020. Hampshire Police were alerted to concerns over the welfare of the crew of the 228-metre long Nave Andromeda soon after 10am on Sunday as the ship headed towards Southampton, having set sail from Lagos in Nigeria. See PA story SEA Tanker. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The stowaways boarded the tanker in Nigeria (Image: PA)

The 22 members of crew on the tanker had retreated right into a safe room in order that they might keep management of the ship, it was reported.

A tense 10-hour stand-off then ensued, which ended with the Particular Boat Service (SBS) dropping onto the tanker from helicopters and capturing the stowaways inside 9 minutes.

The SBS is the elite maritime counter-terrorism unit of the Royal Navy, with most of its personnel Royal Marine Commandos, whose operations are extremely categorised and never formally confirmed.

In keeping with maritime monitoring web sites, the ship reached port in Southampton early on Monday morning.

Liberia-flagged oil tanker Nave Andromeda at Southampton Docks, following a security incident aboard the ship the night before off the coast of Isle of Wight, in Southampton, Britain, October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

The captain reportedly feared for his life throughout the incident (Image: Reuters)

Hampshire Police mentioned the pressure was first alerted to considerations over the welfare of the Nave Andromeda’s crew quickly after 10am on Sunday because the ship headed in the direction of Southampton, having set sail from Lagos in Nigeria.

A spokesperson confirmed the stowaways are actually in custody at police stations throughout Hampshire. They mentioned: ‘All 22 crew members are protected and nicely and the vessel is now alongside within the port of Southampton.

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‘Investigators are chatting with the crew members to ascertain the precise circumstances of what occurred.’

The ship’s operator, Navios Tanker Administration, mentioned the stowaways ‘illegally boarded’ the Liberian-flagged tanker in Lagos.

In a press release, it mentioned: ‘The UK authorities had been suggested by the grasp that stowaways had been discovered on board and that he was involved for the security of the crew because of the more and more hostile behaviour of the stowaways.

‘Fortunately no crew members had been injured and all are protected and nicely. Navios Tanker Administration want to thank all of the UK authorities concerned on this operation for his or her well timed {and professional} response.’

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