U.S. Navy Says It Rescued 10 Iranians From Burning Ship In Gulf Of Oman : The Two-Way While the U.S. and Iran eye each other warily in the waters off Iran, American sailors have again reached out to help Iranians who are in trouble. In January, U.S. Navy personnel freed 13 Iranians from Somali pirates.
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U.S. Navy Says It Rescued 10 Iranians From Burning Ship In Gulf Of Oman

The burning dhow from which the U.S. Navy says it rescued 10 Iranians on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman. U.S. Navy hide caption

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The burning dhow from which the U.S. Navy says it rescued 10 Iranians on Wednesday in the Gulf of Oman.

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Ten men who said they are Iranians were rescued Wednesday from a burning vessel in the Gulf of Oman by the crew of the USS James E. Williams, a guided-missile destroyer, the U.S. Navy says.

According to the Navy, "the vessel was flying an Iranian flag. The mariners ... are being well cared for, receiving medical treatment and awaiting transport to aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which is coordinating the repatriation efforts."

Strait of Hormuz

A photo distributed by the Navy shows what's reported to be the dhow the men were on, engulfed in flames.

Last January, as we wrote at the time, U.S. Navy personnel rescued 13 Iranian sailors who were being held by Somali pirates in the Arabian Sea. Even as such rescues occur, of course, the U.S. and Iran continue to "eye each other warily" in the waters off Iran.