The Greek Coast Guard confirmed the incident with the Turkish-flagged cargo ship M/V ACT earlier on Monday. In a statement issued later afternoon, the Greek coast Guard said:
Midday Monday, the port authorities of Rhodes received an anonymous telephone complaint that the Turkish-flagged vessel named “ACT” sailing in the region east of the island of Rhodes, was transporting drug.
The Port Authority was immediately mobilized, a Coast Guard vessel spotted the Turkish-flagged vessel “ACT” in the sea area 3.5 nautical miles North-West of Rhodes, within the Greek territorial waters.
The coast guard crew asked the captain of the cargo ship to sail to the bay of Triandas, Rhodes, in order to carry out a check.
The captain of ACT did not obey the command and the sound signals of the Coast Guard crew. Warning shots were fired, however, the Turkish vessel again did not stop its course. On the contrary, ACT continued its voyage into Turkish territorial waters, while the Greek Coast Guard boat stopped at border line.
At the same time, the relevant Turkish authorities were informed about the issue.
via Greek Coast Guard
The Captain of the Turkish ship claimed ACT was in international waters. tha captain said that the ship has 16 holes caused by the bullets.
There are no reports about injuries.
Pictures by Turkish Deniz Haber Ajansi.