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U.S. Navy Rescues Fisherman Stranded at Sea for Eight Days

by Matthew Memrick
(Photo by Patrick King/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)

The U.S. Navy rescued two Iran-based fishers on Sunday in the Gulf of Oman after an eight-day struggle.

The USNS Charles Drew helped rescue and give the men medical care, food, and water. An Omani coast guard vessel near Muscat picked up the men later that day. According to the U.K. Sun, the Naval Forces Central Command said the men were in “good health and spirits.”

Call For Help Goes Out Sunday 

On Saturday, the Bahrain-based multinational coalition Combined Maritime Forces, a group of 34 nations, heard from the distressed men through a 10 a.m. distress call. The U.S. Naval cargo ship responded to the incident six hours later. 

“This is what we are trained and ready to do,” said Vice Admiral Brad Cooper, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command. 

“As professional mariners, we have a responsibility to help people in need at sea.”

Cooper thanks Oman for its help and support in getting the fisherman home in a Naval statement. 

Relations between Iran and the United States are still shaky and Iranian media has not reported on the rescue. Nuclear talks between both countries and others started on Monday in Vienna, according to the Sun.

Israel and Iran have also engaged in a “shadow war” in gulf waters. Vessels from each country have gone back and forth since February.

According to NBC, the talks intend to bring everyone back into the nuclear agreement, but Iran’s stance is unclear with new president Ebrahim Raisi. Iran elected Raisi in June. Reports earlier this month had Raisi claiming that he would not “back down” at the talks.

Last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. was “prepared to turn to other options” if talks went nowhere. Israel has said it was ready to take military action to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. 

On Nov. 20, the Associated Press said the United States would continue to counter Iranian drone strikes in the region and fight the country’s efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon. 

U.S., Iran Have History Over Nuclear Deal  

In 2015, Iran, the United States, and other countries like the United Kingdom and France signed a nuclear deal to restrict Iran’s ability to develop atomic weaponry and lift the middle eastern country’s sanctions. Three years later, the United States left that agreement. In 2020, Iran pulled out of the deal after a U.S. drone strike killed the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

While Iran has increased uranium production, the country officials continue to say the nuclear program is helping the country’s energy situation.

In 2014, the USNS Richard E. Byrd rescued nine Yemeni crew members from their ship. The vessel lost power, took on water, and was adrift in the Gulf of Oman. Military.com reported that the U.S. ship was the first ship on the scene.