Hijacking attempt on massive oil tanker reported in English Channel

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News
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A reported hijacking attempt on a massive oil tanker in the English Channel is now the subject of an investigation by officials.

Authorities are working to determine what occurred aboard the Nave Andromeda vessel, which had been scheduled to dock Sunday morning in the English city of Southampton, according to The Guardian.

Instead, the 228-meter tanker reportedly had to anchor in Sandown, a parish on the Isle of Wight, amid the incident.

“We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight," Hampshire police said in a statement.

“We will provide you with further updates when we are in a position to do so.”

Hampshire police were working with coast guard to handle the situation, with search and rescue helicopters taking part in the efforts.

The vessel was seen taking an unusual course as it moved through the English Channel, The Guardian reported.

Authorities have not confirmed a separate report indicating stowaways may have tried to take over the tanker, according to The Guardian.

The tanker had left Nigeria on Oct. 6.

With News Wire Services


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