US Navy helps stranded Iranian sailors in Gulf

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 18, 2010 21:57

Bahrain — A US naval ship came to the aid of two stranded Iranian sailors in the early hours of the morning Thursday in the Persian Gulf, providing food and water until the arrival of the Iranian coast guard.

The US Navy was notified by a merchant vessel of the two stranded sailors in a life raft after an emergency flare was seen and the U.S.S. Oscar Austin was sent to provide help, said a statement issued by the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet.

The sailors were found just about 1,000 yards (1 kilometer) outside Iranian territorial waters at 5 a.m. local time and were provided food and water. The US Navy contacted Iranian authorities via neighboring Oman.

The mariners said their fishing boat had sunk the night before and they did not know about the whereabouts of the other crew members.


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