Navy security team fires on boat near UAE
Published: July 16, 2012
A Navy security team aboard a U.S. oiler fired on a small motorboat Monday after it ignored warnings and continued advancing toward the U.S. ship near the United Arab Emirates, according to a Navy news release.
The sailors on the USNS Rappahannock tried nonlethal measures to warn the approaching boat to stop, but the warnings weren’t heeded, according to the release.
With the boat still approaching quickly, the team fired a .50-caliber machine gun.
The incident is under investigation, according to the Navy.
UPDATE: A U.S. consular official told The Associated Press that one person was killed and three wounded in the shooting.