Dubai: The US Navy says it has rescued an
Iranian merchant seaman and recovered the bodies of three
others after their boat capsized during rough weather in the
US Navy vessels and helicopters called off the search
today for two remaining members of the Iranian crew because of
harsh conditions, including 30-knot winds and waves up to
eight feet (2 1/2 meters), that made chances of survival slim.
The Navy says it launched the rescue mission yesterday
after spotting a life raft with one survivor, who said their
boat went down late Friday.
The bodies of three crew members were later found.
The Navy says the survivor was transferred to an Iranian
coast guard vessel yesterday.
The US Navy's 5th Fleet is based in Bahrain.
First Published: Monday, March 05, 2012, 11:30