According to statements from the Pentagon, Iran has seized two small US Navy boats and are holding 10 US sailors on Farsi Island.
The boats appear to have strayed into Iranian waters. CNN is reporting that at least one of the boats may have experienced mechanical failure or ran out of fuel.
Currently, the Pentagon is not treating the situation as malicious and believes that that Iran will release the sailors promptly.
“Certainly, everybody should be aware of the fact we have been in touch with the Iranians and they have assured us that our sailors are safe and that they’ll be allowed to continue their journey promptly,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
Earnest said it is possible that the crews are being held overnight before being allowed to continue their journey during daylight hours.
US officials say they received no distress calls or indications that the boats entered Iranian waters intentionally.