On March 31, the Venezuelan Navy’s offshore patrol vessel – the GC-23 Naiguata – sunk after it had collided with the Resolute, a passenger ship registered in Portugal.
The incident reportedly occurred off the northwest coast of Tortuga at about 0.45 local time. The GC-23 Naiguata was rammed by the Resolute sailing to Buenos Aires without passengers. The Venezuelan patrol ship sank, all 44 members of the ship were rescued.
The Resolute did not receive serious damage. There were no injuries on board. On March 23 morning the ship arrived in Willemstad in Curacao.
According to the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry, the Resolute, which is more than 120 meters in length, illegally entered the waters of Venezuela, about 10km from the island of Tortuga. The GC-23 Naiguata was deployed to the area, but the Resolute rammed her.
Venezuelan authorities do not exclude that this ship was transporting mercenaries to attack military bases in Venezuela.
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