U.S. Navy Rescues 10 From Iranian Ship on Fire

#1
A U.S. Navy destroyer has rescued 10 sailors from an Iranian-flagged vessel that was on fire in the Gulf of Oman.

The guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams came upon the Iranian-flagged dhow as it was on fire Wednesday night. The 10 on board were picked up out of the water by the crew of the destroyer.

A Defense official says eight of the 10 are Iranian; the other two are Pakistanis.

According to a Navy press release the crew members "are being well cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise."

Commander Jason Salata, a spokesman for the Navy's Fifth Fleet, said they will be transported Thursday morning to the Enterprise and will be repatriated from there. "Our intent is to take care of them and send them [home]," said Salata.

With its ships constantly deployed to the waters of the Middle East, it's not uncommon for U.S. Navy ships to rescue mariners in distress whatever their nationality.

The Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian mariners in January made international headlines because it occurred shortly after an Iranian general had warned the U.S. Navy not to send an aircraft carrier back to the Persian Gulf.

The destroyer USS Kidd had rescued the Iranian mariners from their fishing boat which had been hijacked by Somali pirates for more than a month and converted into a pirate mother ship. 15 Somali pirates were taken into custody and the grateful Iranian crew was repatriated to Iran.


Well, isn't that just too kind of us? And what if they don't want to be repatriated?
 
#2
They'd have asked for ( and no doubt granted ) asylum.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#4
Well, you shouldn't have asked the question if you didn't think you'd like the answer. And if little things like that ruin your day then perhaps you should pop down to stores and sign for a life
 
#8
Hang on, is the OP complaining that the US Navy is following the law of the sea and general human decency? Yeah, shame on them.
 
#12
Err. We are talking about Iran not Rwanda.

I'm guessing you've never been there nor ever actually met an Iranian?
 
#13
I can see them getting waterboarded right now.......

" You WILL ask for asylum from your oppressive masters!!!... you WILL want to live in the freedom loving USA!!.... and smile for the cameras......."
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
I can't help thinking that 8 Iranians and 2 Pakistanis with access to a seagoing boat could find a better way of escaping Iran than setting fire to their boat and hoping that they get rescued.
 

seaweed

LE
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#15
If you see a ship on fire, or receive a Mayday, it is your duty to go and help, regardless. So you do just that.

Unless of course you are a German U-boat captain.
 
#17
Ah, you're right.

I've obviously confused Iran with somewhere they stone women to death for adultery and publicly hang gay people.
So you have actually been to Iran then? Or are you basing all your knowledge on teh Daily Wail and US news channels?
 
#18
If you see a ship on fire, or receive a Mayday, it is your duty to go and help, regardless. So you do just that.

Unless of course you are a German U-boat captain.
Or American. Or British. Or Soviet. ;)
 
#20
So you have actually been to Iran then? Or are you basing all your knowledge on teh Daily Wail and US news channels?
Oh, so Iran DOES NOT do that sort of thing? I'll get right on to Thomas Cook for a couple of weeks in the Teheran Hilton, I bet it's great on the lash
 

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