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UK special forces re-take ‘stowaway-held ship’ | The Marine Professional

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A team from Britain’s Special Boat Service has rescued a ship and its crew from a gang of potentially violent stowaways.

Authorities have confirmed that four men have now been arrested and detained by Essex Police under the Immigration Act.

The incident involved the 71,000-tonne Italian vessel – the Grande Tema– which was travelling from Lagos, Nigeria, and was off the coast of Margate when the stowaways attempted to take control of the ship.

Twenty-five Special Boat Service operatives fast-roped from helicopters on to the ship in an operation that lasting less than half an hour.

“The crew had found four stowaways and put them into a locked cabin,” explained Paul Kyprianou, a spokesman for the Grande Tema’sowner, Grimaldi Lines.

Source:  UK special forces re-take ‘stowaway-held ship’ | The Marine Professional

 

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