Sunday, October 25, 2020

"UK 'SBS' special forces storm tanker and detain stowaways in Channel"

 Ah, not pirates trying to get to Penzance but rather stowaways trying to hijack.

From the Thompson Reuters Foundation:

UK special forces board tanker

* Seven suspects detained - UK government

* Crew is safe - UK government

* Crew on the tanker had been threatened, police say (Writes through)

By Henry Nicholls

SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct 25 (Reuters) - British special forces stormed a Greek-operated oil tanker in the English channel on Sunday to wrestle control of the vessel from seven stowaways who had threatened the crew in a suspected hijacking.

Troops from the Special Boat Service, a navy special forces unit whose headquarters in just a few miles away from where the vessel began showing signs of distress, boarded the Nave Andromeda near the Isle of Wight off southern England.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel authorised the armed forces to board the ship "to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking", the defence ministry said....


Standing in the dock at Southampton
Trying to get to Holland or France
The man in the mac said, "You've got to go back"
You know they didn't even give us a chance

Christ you know it ain't easy
You know how hard it can be
The way things are going
They're going to crucify me

The Ballad of John and Yoko
Lennon, John Winston, Mccartney, Paul James 

Shipping: Reports of An Attempted Oil Tanker Hijacking Off The Isle Of Wight