Isle of Wight: Police dealing with 'incident' on board oil tanker amid hijacking reports

Police are responding to an “incident” on board an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight amid reports of an attempted hijacking.

A Coastguard helicopter was spotted circling the vessel on Sunday afternoon and an exclusion zone has been set up in the area south of Sandown.

The ship is a crude oil tanker named the Nave Andromeda, according to the Isle of Wight Radio.

The Liberian registered oil tanker is said to have given out a mayday call at 9am.

It is understood that the 228-metre tanker had been expected to dock in Southampton at 10.30am on Sunday.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.

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

A HM Coastguard spokesperson told the Isle of Wight Radio: “We are currently assisting Hampshire Constabulary with an incident on board a vessel situated off the Isle of Wight.

“The search and rescue helicopters from Lee on Solent and Lydd are in attendance.”

A spokeswoman for Associated British Ports (ABP), which runs Southampton port, said they had not had any contact with the vessel and they had no further comment.

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