PortandTerminal.com, April 4, 2020
CURACAO, VENEZUELA – A heavily edited video released by the Venezuelan Navy shows them shooting at the RCGS Resolute cruise ship and then shows the Resolute impacting the side of the GC-23 Naiguata. Severe damage to the Navy ship the Naiguata is shown in the video. The vessel sank as a result of being impacted by the cruise ship.
What is going on here?
In the last episode of this bizarre story, we learned that the Resolute, which was positioned outside Venezuelan territorial waters, was approached by the Venezuelan navy ship the Naiguata and ordered to sail to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita in Venezuelan territorial waters.
Warning shots were fired, but the cruise ship Resolute maintained its course. The owners of the Resolute issued a statement claiming that after the shots were fired, it was actually the navy vessel that rammed the cruise ship “in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters”.
The cruise ship’s owners statement goes on to say that “…while the RCGS Resolute sustained minor damages, not affecting vessel’s seaworthiness, it occurs that the navy vessel suffered severe damages while making contact with the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel RCGS Resolute and started to take water…”
Statement from the Venezuelan Navy
The following Tweet has just been posted minutes ago that shows an officer of the Venezuelan navy giving an account of the incident.
We are waiting for a translation of this video and will update the story as soon as it is available.
One explanation given by Venezuela for the incident is as follows:
“The cruise ship “RCGS Resolute” is not a cruise ship. It is a military pirate ship that attacked the Navy patrol boat. It has 160 paramilitaries on board (possibly more) and, denounces the CEOFANB, equipped with inflatable boats to mobilize commandos and execute night raids”
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