The speedboat was carrying more than $60m worth of pure uncut cocaine onboard. The Navy had tracked it and the crew on the boat for long enough to know. Their intelligence on it was sound. Their mission? To take it out and arrest the men. But how? Well, one sniper aboard a Naval helicopter knew how. Take out the engine of the speedboat.
It was be a shot that would require immense skill and accuracy. The Royal Navy sniper was confident though. Even after a grueling six hour chase through the seas of the Caribbean. He took aim and BANG! With a single shot fired from inside the Lynx chopper he was perched in, he made the shot and the boat had to stop.
Wave Knight’s Commanding Officer Captain Nigel Budd, said this about the mission: “This highlights how effectively we and our allies are working together to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks that depend on the flow of illicit drugs from South America into the U.S the Caribbean and Europe.”
The shot was even caught on camera…
A crack team of US coastguards – their drug enforcement wing – then boarded the boat and found fourteen bales packed solid with coke (weighing more than 350kgs).
There was even a friendly little warning. A blast of bullets warning the crew to cease wasn’t acknowledged, so the shot to the engine had to happen. See?
The crew had already thrown loads of cocaine overboard too!
How about that for a shot then, huh?