In Italy, three migrants have been charged with possession of weapons after they hijacked a Turkish ship in the Gulf of Naples on Friday afternoon. They had previously been discovered as stowaways on board. Three knives were seized. The three men were among a group of 15 people who illegally boarded the cargo ship Galata Seaways, Italian media reported.
Italy’s San Marco Marine Brigade intervened with helicopters to regain control of the ship, Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto reported on Friday, media sources said.
“Everything turned out fine,” Crosetto wrote on Twitter.
stowaways on board
The migrants used knives to subdue the 22-strong Galata Seaways crew. The 15 people, including two women, were in hiding aboard the ship, which departed from the port of Topcular in Turkey on Wednesday and was bound for France.
Off the Gulf of Naples, specialized sites show a clear deviation from the ship’s planned route.
The captain raised the alarm and called the Italian rescue services.
Four migrants came to hospitals
Three of the 15 migrants were released after the Turkish-flagged ship was sent to the port of Naples for further police checks in the evening. Two women – including a pregnant woman – and two men have been taken to hospitals, Ansa news agency said, citing Naples’ health department. The other migrants, who told police they were from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, were taken to a refugee reception center in Naples.
On Saturday evening, the Galata Seaways then departed from the southern Italian city to the southern French town of Sète.
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