Coast Guard Team Engages in Firefight

On September 14, a boarding team from the USCG cutter ESCANABA was involved in a shootout with suspected drug smugglers while attempting to board a vessel in international waters off the coast of Nicaragua.

The boarding team was pursuing a speedboat, in the Escanaba's small boat, when the suspects onboard began shooting. The team returned fire and continued the chase.

The suspects entered Nicaraguan waters where the team lost them.

No Coast Guardsmen were injured and the vessel sustained no damage.

Information reported by The Navy Times