MANAMA, Bahrain — The vessel shot up Sunday in the Persian Gulf by the U.S. frigate Carr was not Iranian, as reported, but a private fishing boat out of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, officials and shipping sources said today.
They said one crewman, an Indian, was killed.
The sources said several other crewmen on the fishing boat suffered minor injuries. Hospital officials in Sharjah denied reports that any seamen were hospitalized or treated.
India's consul in Dubai, Aroun Kumar, said Sharjah police informed him today that "one Indian citizen was killed by gunshot wounds in the high seas."
Other sources quoted a surviving crewman as saying the Carr opened fire with machine guns although the fishing boat and two others with it were making way for the frigate and a tanker to pass.