THE seven men arrested following a major incident off the coast of the Isle of Wight yesterday (Sunday) remain in custody at police stations across Hampshire.

The men have been arrested on suspicion of seizing or exercising control of a ship by use of threats or force.

Hampshire Constabulary continues to lead the investigation into the maritime security incident, which took place on board oil tanker Nave Andromeda.

Following a multi-agency response by police, with support from the military and other emergency service partners, seven people were detained.

At 10.04am, concerns were raised to police for the welfare of crew on board the vessel, which was situated approximately six miles off the coast of Bembridge.

Bembridge RNLI were among those called to vessel. 

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The vessel had been travelling in the direction of Southampton, having sailed from Lagos in Nigeria.

It was reported that a number of stowaways were on board, and they had made threats toward the crew.

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A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: "All 22 crew members are safe and well, and the vessel is now alongside in the port of Southampton.

"Investigators are speaking to the crew members to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the partner agencies including the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the military, the Home Office, and Border Force, which have been helping our investigation and assisted in bringing this incident to a safe conclusion."

The owners of the tanker involved, Navios Tanker Management, have praised the actions of emergency and military personnel involved.

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