WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten U.S. Navy sailors have been released from custody by Iran after their two small boats drifted into Iranian waters.
American officials said late Tuesday that Tehran had assured them the crew and vessels would be returned safely and promptly. Meanwhile, the Navy chief of the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard said the American boats showed “unprofessional acts” for 40 minutes before being picked up by Iranian forces after entering the country’s territorial waters.
The navy chief, Gen. Ali Fadavi confirmed on state TV Wednesday that the Guard was holding the crew and their two small boats. The detainees included nine men and one woman, who were being held overnight at an Iranian base on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. They were transferred Wednesday to a U.S. ship in the region.
(WSPA Staff contributed to this report)