Dubai: An American vessel fired on a boat on Monday off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, killing one person and injuring three, according to a US consular official in Dubai.
The official gave no further details, but it appeared the boat could have been mistaken as a threat in Gulf waters not far from Iran`s maritime boundaries.
Dozens of police and other Emirati officials crowded around the white-hulled boat, which sat docked after the incident in a small Dubai port used by fishermen and sailors.
The boat appeared to be a civilian vessel about 30 feet (9 meters) long and powered by three outboard motors. Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran`s Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.
Rescue workers were seen carrying one person in a body bag off the boat and placing it in an ambulance as fishermen looked on. Officials moved the boat from the harbor shortly afterward.
An Emirati rescue official at the scene confirmed the casualty toll. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the incident between the two allies.
US military vessels routinely cross paths with Iranian ships in international waters in the Gulf without incident, but speed boats from Iran`s Revolutionary Guard have passed close to US ships in incidents that have raised alarm in Washington.