The Nave Andromeda oil tanker anchored off the Isle of Wight on Sunday afternoon. Island Echo-Solent News

British police said yesterday they were dealing with an ongoing incident aboard a vessel near the coast of the Isle of Wight, an island off the southern coast of England.

Refinitiv vessel tracking data showed the Nave Andromeda had been expected to arrive in the English port of Southampton at 1030 GMT yesterday. The vessel had departed from Lagos, Nigeria, the data showed.

“We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident on board a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight,” the local police force said in a statement.

Sky News said the vessel was the oil tanker ‘Nave Andromeda’ and that the incident involved a small number of stowaways. Police did not immediately confirm these details to Reuters. Britain’s interior ministry, which is responsible for border control, did not have any immediate comment.

In December 2018 British forces stormed an Italian cargo ship and regained control after stowaways threatened crew members as it sailed close to the coast of southeast England.

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