US military confirms release of 10 Navy sailors held by Iran

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jan. 13, 2016 at 4:50 a.m.



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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest developments following the release of 10 U.S. Navy sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters (All times local).

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2:30 p.m.

The U.S. military says that 10 sailors briefly held by Iran are back in American care and "there are no indications that the sailors were harmed."

The U.S. Navy issued a statement Wednesday after Iranian state media announced the sailors had been freed.

It said the sailors departed the Iranian base on Farsi Island at 0843 GMT on the same boats that brought them there. It said the Navy would conduct an investigation into the incident.

The nine men and one woman were held on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf after being detained nearby on Tuesday. The U.S. military has said that mechanical trouble with one of the boats caused them to drift into Iranian territorial waters near the island, where they were picked up by Iran.

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2 p.m.

Iranian state television is reporting that all 10 U.S. sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters have been released.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the sailors were released Wednesday after it was determined that their entry was not intentional.

The nine men and one woman were being held at an Iranian base on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf after being detained nearby on Tuesday.

The U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet had no immediate comment or confirmation of the release.

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