DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Navy says one of its ships opened fire on a small boat that was racing toward it today in the waters off Dubai. One person was killed.
A Navy spokesman says a security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock issued a series of warnings before resorting to lethal force. When the vessel failed to turn away, the security team fired rounds from a .50-caliber machine gun.
He says the incident is under investigation.
A U.S. consular official told The Associated Press that one person was killed and three wounded. The official gave no other details.
The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet long. Boats of that type are used for fishing in the region, though Iran's Revolutionary Guard also has small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.
Tensions are high in the Gulf after Iran renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the route for one-fifth of the world's oil.
The Rappahannock is an oiler used to fuel other Navy ships while they are at sea.
191-c-17-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)-"three others wounded"-AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports an American official in Dubai says one person is dead after the Navy opened fire on a boat off the Dubai coast. (16 Jul 2012)
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190-v-31-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP national security correspondent)--The Navy says it fired on a boat off Dubai today as it sped toward an American vessel. AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani reports from the Pentagon. (16 Jul 2012)
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APPHOTO ARE103: Emirati police and other officials inspect a boat docked in a fishing harbor in the Jumeirah district of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, July 16, 2012. A U.S. official in Dubai says an American vessel has fired on a boat off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three. The official gave no further details, but it appears the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran's maritime boundaries. (AP Photo/Almoutasim Almaskery) (16 Jul 2012)
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