Haluk Sami Kalkavan, the captain of the ship, M/V ACT, told private broadcaster CNN Türk in a phone call that Greek coast guard boats fired shots on the ship around three miles off the island of Rhodes.
According to Deniz News Agency, the 88-meter freighter was heading to the Gulf of İzmit from the southern port of İskenderun.
Kalkavan said the Greek coast guard instructed him to approach the Rhodes port in international waters but he refused to obey the call and briefed the Turkish side of the situation.
“The Greek coast guard immediately demanded the ship to anchor off the Port of Rhodes while we were passing around the island. They said they would check the ship but we did not accept that. They then said they would shoot if we didn’t stop and they did what they said. We have escaped a great danger,” Kalkavan said.
Kalkavan added: ” we are now in Turkish waters. This is not a nice behaviour displayed against us. They are really spoiled. They lost control. We hope for the best. This is the same route always used. They targeted us directly. We did not understand what is the reason.”
The coast guard then fired shots in the direction of the ship as it was heading to Turkish territorial waters, he added, noting that there were 16 bullet holes in the ship.
He also said the freighter was now in Turkish waters bound for Marmaris and was not at risk of taking on water.
CNN Türk also reported that two Turkish coast guard boats had arrived at the scene as Turkish foreign ministry officials were also in contact with the related institutions over the incident.
WHatti & HDN