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Seven people have been detained by the Royal Navy and Special Boat Service following an incident on and oil tanker off of the Isle of Wight it has been reported.
British police said the crew of the Nave Andromeda had been subject to verbal threats from stowaways and that they were working with coastguard and border forces to resolve the incident.
But now seven people have been detained, Reuters News Agency reports.
The crew of the ship are also reported to all be safe following the emergency incident.
Two Royal Navy wildcat helicopters and two Navy Merlin Mark 4 helicopters and the SBS team were reportedly used to detain the individuals, who were met by “overwhelming force“, BBC reports.
Around 16 SBS troopers are reported to have boarded the ship, while a frigate was on standby nearby.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defence said: "In response to a police request, the Defence Secretary and Home Secretary authorised Armed Forces personnel to board a ship in the English Channel to safeguard life and secure a ship that was subject to suspected hijacking.
"Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained.
"Police investigations will now continue. Initial reports confirm the crew are safe and well."
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "I commend the hard work of the Armed Forces and police to protect lives and secure the ship.
"In dark skies, and worsening weather, we should all be grateful for our brave personnel. People are safe tonight thanks to their efforts.”
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