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    According to Paul Kyprianou, a spokesman for the Grimaldi Group shipping company, which owns the Grande Tema, a group of migrants reportedly escaped from the cabin and started threatening the crew in order to "reach the British coast".

    The incident occurred at 9:15 a.m. on Friday when four migrants started to threaten the crew with "iron bars".

    "The vessel is under the command of the crew there is no question about that… the only problem is that we have four people who are free on the deck and they are threatening crew members and requesting they get close to the coast", Kyprianou stated.

    The police, however, refused to treat the situation as a "hostage, piracy or terror-related incident".

    The 236-metre-long cargo ship, which was coming from Nigeria, is now circling around a position northeast of Margate, according to navigational tracking sites.


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