Thursday, July 22, 2004Posted by Ithildin at July 22, 2004 11:47 AM | PROCURE FINE OLD WORLD ABSINTHE
WASHINGTON — A report of a bomb aboard a Turkish merchant ship Thursday forced the U.S. Coast Guard (search) to escort the vessel away from the port of Philadelphia and out into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Delaware, senior Defense officials told FOX News.
The ship's master notified authorities about the possible bomb, officials said. The information was revealed after the captain refused to have portions of the ship searched by the Coast Guard.
Upon reaching a safe distance off the coast, officials planned to inspect the ship.
This particular vessel is well known to authorities and its prior movements have been tracked, senior Defense officials said.