Seven men arrested on suspicion of 'seizing control of oil tanker'

Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of ‘seizing or exercising control’ of a ship after an oil tanker was ‘hijacked’ yesterday.

Hampshire Police says the seven have been detained in connection with an incident on the ‘Nave Andromeda’ off the coast of the Isle of Wight yesterday afternoon.

The military had to intervene after the captain issued a may day call as the vessel approached Southampton.

A force spokesman said: ‘The seven men have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force under Sections 9(1) and (3) of the Aviation and Maritime and Security Act 1990. They all remain in custody at police stations across Hampshire.

‘All 22 crew members are safe and well and the vessel is now alongside in the port of Southampton. Investigators are speaking to the crew members to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.’

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