US Navy rescues drifting Iranian sailors in Gulf for 8 days

The US Navy rescued two Iranian sailors who had been adrift for eight days on a fishing boat in Gulf waters, a statement said on Sunday.

The men were “in good health and in good spirits” despite their ordeal, the navy said.

“US Navy ship rescued two Iranian sailors (Saturday) from fishing boat after it was adrift for eight days in Gulf of Oman,” US Naval Forces Central Command said , or NAVCENT.

Navy freighter Charles Drew arrived at the scene with food, water and medical attention six hours after a distress call from sailors, the statement said.

The two men were transported to an Omani Coast Guard vessel near the capital Muscat. “The sailors were in good health and in good spirits at the time of the transfer,” he added.

“We appreciate the government of Oman for their help and support in helping us bring the sailors home,” Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of NAVCENT, said in the statement.

The United States and its regional allies share concerns over Iran, which has previously been accused of orchestrating attacks on ships in the region.

Tehran rejects the allegations.

Since February, Iran and its nemesis Israel have been accused of engaging in what analysts have called a “shadow war,” in which ships linked to each nation have been attacked during exchanges. direct in Gulf waters.

Earlier this month, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain held their first joint naval exercise with Israel, in conjunction with the United States, a year after relations with Israel normalized.

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