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Breaking News: british sailors detained by Iran


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Five British sailors on a racing yacht have been detained by Iran after they may have inadvertently strayed into its waters.

The vessel, owned by Sail Bahrain and crewed by the British nationals, was stopped by Iranian naval vessels last Wednesday, said the Foreign Office.

All five are still in Iran and they are understood to be safe and well. Their families have been informed of the incident.

The yacht was on its way from Bahrain to Dubai and may have sailed inadvertently into Iranian waters.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: "Our ambassador in Tehran has raised the issue with the Iranian Foreign Ministry and we have discussed the matter with the Iranian Embassy in London.

"I hope this issue will soon be resolved. We will remain in close touch with the Iranian authorities, as well as the families."

Two of the Britons captured in 2007

It is not the first time that Britons have been captured by the Iranian authorities while at sea.

Iran took 15 British service personnel hostage on March 23, 2007 and held them for 13 days.

The Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines, from the frigate HMS Cornwall, were taken at gunpoint by Iranian warships during a routine search of a cargo ship in the northern Persian Gulf.

Iran alleged the frigate had strayed into Iranian territorial waters but the Ministry of Defence denied the allegation and said the ship was in Iraqi waters.

Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "Tensions between the UK and the Iranians are significantly higher now than they were two years ago."

He said of the latest incident: "The Foreign Office has tried to get these people out through quiet diplomacy, and they had some problems."

Marshall said the Iranians were hard to contact and the recent festival of Eid, where government can shut down for up to 6-10 days, has added to the difficulties.

The detention of the sailors will further raise tensions between Iran and the West.

The country has come under increasing pressure in response to its plans to build 10 new nuclear fuel plants.
after they may have inadvertently strayed into its waters.

The vessel, owned by Sail Bahrain and crewed by the British nationals, was stopped by Iranian naval vessels last Wednesday, said the Foreign Office.

All five are still in Iran and they are understood to be safe and well. Their families have been informed of the incident.

The yacht was on its way from Bahrain to Dubai and may have sailed inadvertently into Iranian waters.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: "Our ambassador in Tehran has raised the issue with the Iranian Foreign Ministry and we have discussed the matter with the Iranian Embassy in London.

"I hope this issue will soon be resolved. We will remain in close touch with the Iranian authorities, as well as the families."

Two of the Britons captured in 2007

It is not the first time that Britons have been captured by the Iranian authorities while at sea.

Iran took 15 British service personnel hostage on March 23, 2007 and held them for 13 days.

The Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines, from the frigate HMS Cornwall, were taken at gunpoint by Iranian warships during a routine search of a cargo ship in the northern Persian Gulf.

Iran alleged the frigate had strayed into Iranian territorial waters but the Ministry of Defence denied the allegation and said the ship was in Iraqi waters.

Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "Tensions between the UK and the Iranians are significantly higher now than they were two years ago."

He said of the latest incident: "The Foreign Office has tried to get these people out through quiet diplomacy, and they had some problems."

Marshall said the Iranians were hard to contact and the recent festival of Eid, where government can shut down for up to 6-10 days, has added to the difficulties.

The detention of the sailors will further raise tensions between Iran and the West.

The country has come under increasing pressure in response to its plans to build 10 new nuclear fuel plants.



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2 comments

  • domdabears#

    domdabears December 1, 2009 2:40:47 PM CET

    oh yeah. because irans military has so much technological power. this story is made up bullshit. iran soldiers would be like fighting with sticks and stones against british or american armys. their just way too advanced for any of these countries.

  • Remanuelli#

    Remanuelli November 30, 2009 11:33:12 PM CET

    AMERICA COULD TALE A LESSON FROM IRANIAN BORDER ENFORCEMENT...ZERO TOLERANCE



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