Published: Tue, December 25, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Four men charged with affray over incident on cargo ship in Thames

Four men charged with affray over incident on cargo ship in Thames

The crew were able to safely lock themselves in the bridge until help arrived.

The 71,000-tonne ship set off from Lagos, Nigeria, on December 10.

The vessel is the Grande Tema, a 71,000-tonne ship which set off from Lagos, Nigeria, on December 10, and is now sailing round in circles in the estuary.

The four were locked in a cabin, but succeeded in escaping yesterday.

The situation was brought to an end following a late night operation by Margate and Ramsgate RNLI, Coastguard, police, Navy and the Naval special forces unit, the Special Boat Service. The spokesman said the four migrants were acting aggressively and had threatened the ship's staff using iron bars.

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The Italian-flagged ship, carrying containers and machinery, was bound for the port of Tilbury in Essex, east of London. The stowaways, who were uninjured, were held under immigration law.

The Grande Tema was seen sailing in circles on Friday.

Spokesman Paul Kyprianou told reporters that the SBS descended on to the ship by helicopter before the men were arrested. Friday's incident ended peacefully after authorities intervened.

The police of the County of Essex reported that the troubled vessel was boarded shortly before midnight. Police have not commented on what took place on board the ship to lead to their intervention. Everything went smoothly. They [the crew] are just glad they are safe.

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