A recent stowaway incident has raised the profile of the stowaway problem within the maritime sector, highlighting the need for professional and official stowaway searches. The Nave Andromeda was docked in Southampton where seven people were arrested on suspicion of seizing control of the oil tanker. According to the BBC: “The men were detained when military forces stormed the Nave Andromeda which was thought to have been hijacked off the Isle of Wight on Sunday night. Sixteen members of the Special Boat Service (SBS) ended a 10-hour stand-off which started when stowaways on board the ship reportedly became violent.”
The ship had been illegally boarded by seven people believed to be Nigerian, in Lagos Nigeria. The stowaways became known to the crew whilst just off the Isle of Wight and were detained on suspicion of seeking asylum in the UK.
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