Overseas Network, October 26. On October 25, local time, a tanker named “Andromeda” was hijacked by stowaways in the English Channel. Commandos from the British Marine Corps Special Boat Team (SBS) dispatched urgently , Arrested all stowaways and rescued the crew on board.
According to a report by the British “News Opener” on the 25th, the oil tanker “Andromeda” registered in Libya, carrying 42,000 tons of crude oil, left Nigeria on October 6 and was originally scheduled to arrive at 10:30 am on October 25 Southampton.
A source said that during the call for help on the morning of the 25th, the captain said to the operator, “I’m trying to keep them calm, but please help.” The source said, “The captain made it clear that he was worried about their lives. , Urgent rescue is needed… This is despair, and you can hear the fear in his voice.”
British military confronted the stowaways.
The British military urgently dispatched a special ship service team. After a 10-hour standoff, SBS landed 16 commandos on the ship. The operation also used two Royal Navy “Merlin” helicopters and two “Wildcat” helicopters. A frigate “Richmond” was also placed on standby. It took less than seven minutes for SBS to take control of the ship and seven stowaways were arrested. The preliminary report confirmed that all crew members on board were safe and sound.
Prior to this, similar incidents occurred in British waters. In December 2018, a group of stowaways launched an attack on a cargo ship at the mouth of the Thames. Stowaways from Nigeria and Liberia began to attack the crew after they were found hiding on a boat bound for Tilbury Wharf in Essex. In January this year, they were arrested and imprisoned after being tried at the Central Criminal Court in London.