Skip to comments.Captured Sailor's Family Speak Of Their Distress (UK)
Posted on 03/26/2007 7:25:39 PM PDT by blam
Captured sailor's family speak of their distress
By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor and agencies
Last Updated: 3:00am BST 27/03/2007
The family of one of the 15 British service personnel held captive in Iran tonight spoke of the "very distressing time" they were going through.
Faye Turney, 26, was the only woman among the British sailors and marines captured last Friday after boarding a dhow carrying suspicious cargo off the coast of Iraq.
Des Browne said Britain was everything possible
A statement issued by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of her family said: "While we understand the media interest in the ongoing incident involving Faye, this remains a very distressing time for us and our family.
"We are grateful for the support shown to us by all personnel involved and appreciate it, but would request that our privacy is respected." Fifteen Navy personnel who allegedly trespassed into Iranian waters were being interrogated in Iran yesterday.
The Navy personnel who allegedly trespassed into Iranian waters were being interrogated in Iran yesterday.
Des Browne, the Defence Secretary, said Britain was doing "everything possible" to secure the release of the 14 men and one woman, who were described as "fit and well" by Iranian officials.
Iran said they had not been taken as pawns to be used in exchange for five Iranians held in Iraq. But more than 72 hours after the Marines and sailors were taken at gunpoint, the Government admitted it had no idea where they were.
Some reports suggested they were being held in Teheran. Naval Revolutionary Guards units seized the sailors and Marines on Friday, a day before the United Nations imposed sanctions on Iran over its disputed atomic programme.
The eight sailors and seven Marines from the Type 22 frigate Cornwall were carrying out a routine search of a vessel suspected of smuggling.
Questions were asked in the House of Commons yesterday about whether Britain's rules of engagement in Iraq prevented the Cornwall from opening fire on the Iranians.
Adam Ingram, the Defence Minister, said: "There is too much speculation about what happened and what did not happen."
What happened is they got caught with their "knickers down."
---Adam Ingram, the Defence Minister, said: "There is too much speculation about what happened and what did not happen."---
Britain's finest! BTTT!
So, why don't you take this opportunity to tell us what did happen? What are the ROE?
Hello??? Hello??? Anyone there???
He may as well have said "Shite happens!"
Why didn't they allow the men to do everything possible not to get captured in the first place?