News | US Rescues Iranians at Sea -- Again
10 Jan 2012 23:05
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Iran Standard Time (IRST), GMT+3:30
11:05 p.m., 20 Dey/January 10 According to the Associated Press,
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter rescued six Iranian mariners from a vessel in distress in the Persian Gulf, the second time in less than a week that the American military has come to the aid of Iranians at sea...
In its written account, Naval Forces Central Command quoted the dhow's owner, identified as Hakim Hamid-Awi, as telling the Americans, "Without your help, we were dead. Thank you for all that you did for us."
In that account, a civilian interpreter aboard the Monomoy quoted the captain of the Iranian coast guard vessel as saying he "sends his regards and thanks to our captain and all crewmembers for assisting and taking care of the Iranian sailors. Wishes us the best and thanks us for our cooperation."
Four days ago...
11:30 p.m., 16 Dey/January 6 NBC News reports:
The U.S. Navy on Friday rescued 13 Iranian seamen who were being held captive by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Oman.
A Navy helicopter from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, responding to a distress call from a merchant ship under attack by pirates, chased the pirates to their "mother ship," an Iranian-flagged dhow that had earlier been hijacked.
The rescue, which took place about 175 miles southeast of Muscat, Oman, comes at a time of rising tensions between the United States and Iran. Earlier this week, the Islamic Republic warned the USS John C. Stennis not to return to the Persian Gulf following its departure last week for the Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea. Responding to planned U.S. sanctions against Iran's central bank, Tehran also threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping gateway for 20 percent of the world's oil.
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