Police are dealing with an incident on board an oil tanker off the Isle of Wight amid concern that stowaways may have attempted to hijack the vessel.
The Liberian-flagged Nave Andromeda left port in Lagos, Nigeria just over two weeks ago and was meant to arrive in Southampton on Sunday morning.
It is understood a distress call was made, and coastguard and police helicopters were circling the ship on Sunday afternoon.
A five nautical mile restriction zone has been placed around the vessel, which sails under the flag of Liberia.
Hampshire Police confirmed: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.”
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