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Isle of Wight tanker: Police surround vessel amid concerns it has been  hijacked

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.”

This is a breaking story, more updates to follow

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