Pentagon: Sailors held by Iran have been released

| January 12, 2016

United-State-Navy

(UPDATE) – Military officials issued a statement Wednesday announcing the release of 10 U.S. Navy personnel who were detained by Iran after one of their boats ran aground on Farsi Island.

Officials said there is no indication the sailors were harmed. The sailors reportedly left with their boats at 0843 GMT. The Navy said it would conduct an investigation into the incident.

ORIGINAL STORY

WASHINGTON – The crew of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran, but U.S. officials have reportedly received assurances from the Iranian government that the crew and vessels will be returned safely soon, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the U.S. lost contact with them, according to Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook, who also said U.S. officials have been in contact with Iran.

The incident occurred near Farsi Island after the but ran into some mechanical trouble, causing it to run aground. The troops were then picked up by Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly called Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif immediately after learning of the incident around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Kerry has developed a personal relationship with Zarif over the past few years and has “personally engaged” the minister to resolve the issue, reports the AJC.

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