At about noon Tuesday, January 12, 2015, 2 U.S Navy Boats were seized in Iranian territorial waters, and 10 American Sailors, nine men and one woman, were detained at Iran’s Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf.
Report by Paula Antolini
January 12, 2016 5:46PM EDT
World News: Two U.S. Navy Boats Seized by Iran Military, Ten American Soldiers Held
Pentagon: At about noon Tuesday, January 12, 2015, 2 U.S Navy Boats were seized in Iranian territorial waters, and 10 American Sailors, nine men and one woman, were detained at Iran’s Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf, NBC reports.
A training mission was in progress with two small riverine vessels when one of the boats may have experienced mechanical failure and drifted into Iranian-claimed waters, officials said.
The situation is still being monitored and it is not yet clear what transpired, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on MSNBC, but Iranian authorities confirmed that the sailors are safe and they do not expect a long delay in releasing the sailors.
UPDATE January 13, 2016 10:36AM EDT
Sailors Depart Iran Safely
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran. There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention. The Sailors departed Farsi Island at 8:43 a.m. (GMT), aboard the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB) that they had been operating when they lost contact with the U.S. Navy. The Sailors were later transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other Sailors took charge of the RCBs and continued transiting toward Bahrain, the boats’ original destination. The Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the Sailors’ presence in Iran,” navy.mil reports.