10 Sailors Rescued by the U.S. Navy Destroyer

By Piracy

A United States Navy destroyer vessel has saved ten seamen from an Iranian-flagged ship which was on fire in the Gulf of Oman.
The guided missile destroyer vessel USS James E. Williams came upon the sailing under the flag of Iran dhow as it was on fire Wednesday night. The ten sailors on the board of the vessel were picked up out of the water by the crew members of the american destroyer.
A Defense authorities say 8 of the ten sailors are Iranian; the other 2 are Pakistanis.
According to a Navy press statement the crew members "are being in good health condition, cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise."
The spokesman for the Navy's 5th Fleet, commander Jason Salata, told they are going to be transported Thursday morning to the Enterprise and are going to be repatriated from there. "Our plan is to take care of them and send them home," told commander Salata.
With its vessels permanently situated to the waters of the Middle East, it's not uncommon for U.S. Navy vessels to save mariners in distress whatever their nationality.
The Navy's saving operation of thirteen Iranian seafarers 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 vessel USS Kidd had saved the Iranian seafarers from their fishing vessel that had been kidnapped by Somali pirates for more than one month and converted into a pirate mother vessel. Fifteen Somali pirates were taken into custody and the grateful Iranian crew member was repatriated to Iran.