The Nave Andromeda docked next to Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton after seven people were detained by British forces following suspected hijacking 261020 CREDIT PA
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Isle Of Wight Tanker Incident: Police Given More Time To Question Suspects

Personnel from the Special Boat Service (SBS) carried out a raid on the tanker on Sunday night.

The Nave Andromeda docked next to Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton after seven people were detained by British forces following suspected hijacking 261020 CREDIT PA

Police have been granted more time to question seven men following a suspected hijacking of an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight, which led to British special forces storming the vessel.

The men, who are all Nigerian nationals, were arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force on Monday.

The extension means the men will remain in custody until tomorrow evening.

On Sunday morning, concerns were raised to police for the welfare of crew members on board the Nave Andromeda vessel around six miles off the coast of Bembridge.

Seven men were later detained after a raid by Armed Forces personnel on Sunday night following a 10-hour standoff.

Around 16 members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) were involved in the operation, supported by airborne snipers, who secured the vessel in around nine minutes, according to the PA news agency.

Nave Andromeda oil tanker off the coast of the Isle of Wight 251020 CREDIT PA
The Nave Andromeda in darkness off the Isle of Wight (Picture: PA).

Five military helicopters were also involved in the mission.

Two coastguard helicopters were also spotted circling the ship in the afternoon.

All 22 crew members are safe and well, none were physically injured or required medical attention, police said.

The vessel had been travelling from Lagos in Nigeria to Southampton where it has now docked. 

Cover image: The Nave Andromeda docked next to Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal in Southampton on Monday (Picture: PA).