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US navy rescues Iranian fishermen for third time in a month

Washington, Thu, 19 Jan 2012 ANI

Washington, Jan 19 (ANI): The US Navy has come to the rescue of distressed Iranian fishermen for the third time this month at a time of increasing tension between the two countries.


Guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey rendered aid to the crew of a sinking Iranian fishing dhow in the central Arabian Sea on Wednesday, Fox News reports.


A helicopter from the Maritime Strike Squadron 71 spotted the fishing boat reportedly with one person on board.


After the vessel was identified, it was reported back to the Dewey's crew, who then moved in to help the fisherman.


The crew then provided food, water and medical and hygienic supplies to the fisherman for more than two hours.


The rescues come despite Iranian threats warning the US Navy to keep its distance from the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil shipping route that Iran threatens to block if provoked over its nuclear program.


On January 10, the US Coast Guard Cutter Monomy responded to flares fired from the Iranian cargo dhow, Ya-Hussayn, which was experiencing engine troubles.


On January 5, the USS Stennis Strike Group rescued 13 Iranian fisherman held hostage by pirates in the North Arabian Sea. (ANI)


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