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Crew member arrested for drug importation
Three people have been arrested as part of an investigation into the alleged importation of drugs off the Isle of Wight, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has confirmed. One crew member onboard the 'Marella Discovery 2' – which was anchored off the Island – was involved with a police investigation. The cruise ship has been moored off Sandown Bay for the last few weeks. Responding to an enquiry regarding a TUI cruise ship, the NCA said that three men were detained by officers on April 25, 2020. The arrests were made as part of an investigation into the alleged importation of drugs. The three men will appear at Winchester Crown Court on May 27.
Man injured in fall from service boat
A man fell from a boat of the 'Marella Discovery 2' and gouged his leg open on a propeller in the Solent on May 7 at 3 p.m. He required surgery after he fell from a boat which was servicing the cruise ship. He was pulled from the water and back onto the ship. He remained conscious however went into shock following the incident. A rescue helicopter was launched over the Solent to rush the crewman to Southampton General Hospital after the Maritime and Coastguard Agency received a call from the vessel at 3:10 p.m. The Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team and HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee on Solent were sent to the scene.
Jamaican crew members repatriated
115 Jamaicans, among them 43 from the 'MArella Discovery 2' who were stranded in the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic were now on a charter flighthome. The TUI flight was to arrive in Kingston in the afternoon of May 7, 2020, after a brief stop in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, British High Commissioner to Jamaica. There were also 75 crew members of six other ships from the same cruise line. The Jamaicans, including ship workers fatigued by circuitous holding voyages, have been mounting pressure on the Andrew Holness administration to allow them to repatriate after the country shut its doors to incoming passenger traffic on March 24 as part of coronavirus containment measures.News schreiben