Iranian boats fire on Singaporean-flagged vessel in Strait of Hormuz

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Gunboats believed to be from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot at a Singaporean-flagged tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz, according to CNBC News and CNN, citing US officials.

The five gunboats ordered the Alpine Eternity to halt. When the captain refused, the gunboats fired across the bow. Iranian fast boats are typically equipped with 50-caliber machine guns.

NBC News reported the Iranian gunboats also fired at the stern, in an apparent attempt to disable the propellers of the Alpine Eternity.

When Emirati ships approached, the gunboats turned back toward Iran. The Alpine Eternity sought refuge in UAE waters.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Illustration of the Alpine Eternity tanker
2. Illustration of Iranian fast boats with 50-caliber machine guns
3. The Iranian fast boats fire over the bow of the Alpine Eternity
4. The Iranian fast boats fire at the stern of the Alpine Eternity
5. An Emirati warship approaches
6. The Alpine Eternity sails toward the UAE

VOICEOVER (in English):

“The Singaporean-flagged tanker was passing through the Strait of Hormuz, according to NBC News, citing US officials.”

“Five fast boats, believed to from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, approached the vessel. The fast boats are typically equipped with 50-caliber machine guns.”

“After the Alpine Eternity failed to halt, the gunboats fired across the bow.”

“When the Alpine Eternity continued on, the gunboats reportedly aimed their fire at the stern, in an apparent attempt to disable the propellers.”

“The UAE sent three coast guard ships out to Singaporean tanker.”

“The Alpine Eternity turned toward the UAE and docked. The crew was reported safe.”

SOURCES:
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-fires-singapore-flagged-tanker-strait-hormuz-u-s-officials-n358811

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/14/politics/persian-gulf-iranian-boats-shots-fired/

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/details/ships/shipid:727344/mmsi:563944000/imo:9430272/vessel:ALPINE_ETERNITY