I love this story so much. A Venezuelan naval vessel called the Naiguata sank in the Caribbean this week after it harassed and fired upon a cruise ship called the RCGS Resolute. Here’s what the Naiguata looked like (before it sank).
Here’s how this happened. Early Monday morning, the Resolute was in international waters near Tortuga. The crew was busy performing maintenance on one of its engines. The Resolute’s 2nd engine was kept running to prevent the ship from drifting. The company that owns the Resolute described what happened next in a statement:
Shortly after mid-night, the cruise vessel was approached by an armed Venezuelan navy vessel, which via radio questioning the intentions of the RCGS RESOLUTE’s presence and gave the order to follow to Puerto Moreno on Isla De Margarita. As the RCGS RESOLUTE was sailing in international waters at that time, the Master wanted to reconfirm this particular request resulting into a serious deviation from the scheduled vessel’s route with the company DPA.
While the Master was in contact with the head office, gun shots were fired and, shortly thereafter, the navy vessel approached the starboard side at speed with an angle of 135° and purposely collided with the RCGS RESOLUTE. The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.