On October 1, the Houthis launched an anti-ship missile at the US HSV-2 Swift hybrid catamaran in the Red Sea. The vessel was leased by the UAE government in order to participate in the naval blockade of Yemen and to transport interventionist troops.
Saudi Arabian, UAE and other main stream media outlets were denying the fact of hitting the catamaran with the missile for almost a week. However, photos of the destroyed vessel that have been published online dispelled all the doubts.
Ukrainians were among members of the HSV-2 Swift’s crew. According to one of them, Oleksandr Lukianov, right after the missile strike, the catamaran was also fired by people from a small boat.
“We were afraid because if you don’t die from fire, you could die from a bullet,” The National news website quoted his words.
The fact of the shooting attack was also confirmed by another member of the crew, Indian Shailendra Kumar, according to whom, when the crew saw flames shooting from the front of the ship, they ran towards the back and saw people firing from a small boat. Kumar noted that the gunfire continued for half an hour.
According to The National, an hour or two after the missile strike, the UAE Navy and Coastguard arrived at the scene. Now the crew of the HSV-2 Swift is recovering in the UAE.