Iran detains 10 U.S. sailors after vessels stopped in Gulf

09:40, 13 January 2016
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Iran detained 10 U.S. sailors after two small patrol boats reportedly drifted into Iranian waters in the Gulf, U.S. officials say, according to the BBC.


They say the Riverine boats apparently developed mechanical problems and were taken to Iran's Farsi Island, the BBC reports.

Tehran says the crew and the boats "will be returned promptly," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the Associated Press news agency.

The sailors were "snooping" in Iranian waters, Iran's Fars news agency says.

It says the sailors – nine men and a woman – were held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

"We lost contact with two small U.S. naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain," a senior U.S. administration official said.

The sailors are likely to be released on Wednesday morning, U.S. officials said.

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