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U.S. Navy Rescues Distressed Iranians at Sea for Second Time
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Posted on 01/10/2012 10:40:27 AM PST by Sub-Driver

U.S. Military Rescues Distressed Iranians at Sea for Second Time

By Justin Fishel

Published January 10, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Despite Iranian threats warning the U.S. Navy to keep its distance from the Strait of Hormuz, for the second time in a week the U.S. military has rescued distressed Iranian mariners in the Gulf waters.

In the early morning hours of January 10th the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy responded to flares fired from the Iranian cargo dhow, Ya-Hussayn, which was experiencing engine troubles 50 miles off the coast of Iraq.

Monomoy launched their small boat and rescued two men off the dhow and four others tied to a life raft off the stern.

In all, six Iranians were taken off the boat, one of whom is being treated for severe burns he suffered in the engine room, according to Pentagon Spokesman George Little. All of the men were provided water, blankets, and halal meals and were later transferred to the Iranian Coast Guard vessel Naji 7.

According to a Navy press release, Hakim Hamid-Awi, the owner of the Iranian dhow, told the Coast Guard's Rescue Coordination Center that "without your help, we were dead. Thank you for all that you did for us."

The Captain of the Naji 7 also thanked the Coast Guard for their cooperation, according to the release.

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1 posted on 01/10/2012 10:40:32 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Well done!


2 posted on 01/10/2012 10:42:14 AM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about swapping them for the American that the Iranians just sentenced to death. I don’t see Obama doing that though. That would be the right thing to do so that leaves out Obama.

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3 posted on 01/10/2012 10:43:52 AM PST by flatfish
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To: Sub-Driver

The only worry I have is that one of these rescues will be a “set up”.


4 posted on 01/10/2012 10:44:58 AM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: Sub-Driver

Are we sure that these guys aren’t just trying to escape from Iran?


5 posted on 01/10/2012 10:45:46 AM PST by chopperman
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To: WellyP

Same here.


6 posted on 01/10/2012 10:46:39 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Sub-Driver

Heard that Al Jazeera broadcast was blocked in Iran this morning.


7 posted on 01/10/2012 10:52:19 AM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: WellyP; Army Air Corps
The only worry I have is that one of these rescues will be a “set up”.

My first thought as well... "We have confirmed that the infidel devil will converge on the decoy within 12 minutes Captain Ahmed!"

8 posted on 01/10/2012 11:01:28 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Sub-Driver

I can see it now. These moron Iranians are going to have a nuke reactor leak and spill, then beg us to help bail them out.

Idiots.


9 posted on 01/10/2012 11:04:12 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: flatfish
That would be the right thing to do so that leaves out Obama.

No, that would be kidnapping on the high seas and hostage-taking, acts of piracy. Countries that like to think of themselves as civilized don't do things like that.

10 posted on 01/10/2012 11:08:39 AM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: WellyP

ditto. two ‘rescues’ in few weeks...?? something doesn’t smell right or maybe I’ve just become too cynical.


11 posted on 01/10/2012 11:10:53 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: Sub-Driver
Why do we have Coast Guard cutters in the Persian Gulf?

Mike

12 posted on 01/10/2012 11:16:55 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Romulus

I bet if their rescuers would asked if they (Iranians) like to come live and work in America, pretty sure they’d would accept it without hesitation!


13 posted on 01/10/2012 11:33:45 AM PST by hamboy
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To: flatfish

That would be against the Law of the Sea. They aren’t the ones responsible for the death sentence. Any mariner in distress gets help from anyone else on the high seas. Now, if we were able to catch Iranian navy men laying mines, as we did in 1988, we could offer an exchange. But you don’t grab civilians and demand exchanges. That makes us no better than them.

As for a setup... the Coast Guard has LOTS of experience boarding boats where there may be armed men or an ambush. Don’t worry about that.


14 posted on 01/10/2012 11:43:19 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: MichaelP

Because we can. The Coast Guard takes the fight to the enemy and always has, since 1790.


15 posted on 01/10/2012 11:44:15 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: WellyP

GO COASTIES!


16 posted on 01/10/2012 11:49:28 AM PST by paterfamilias
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To: Sub-Driver

Coast Guard can put a boat anywhere in the world where there’s a few feet of water. And look sharp doing it.


17 posted on 01/10/2012 11:50:38 AM PST by lurk
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To: Sub-Driver

Why dont we ask the Russians to rescue them.


18 posted on 01/10/2012 11:53:14 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: Sub-Driver

19 posted on 01/10/2012 11:56:39 AM PST by jpsb
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To: Sub-Driver

I am telling you, this stuff is not accidental. This is being done to test the US Navy’s responses and such.

One of these things is going to explode or try to ambush the assistance boat.


20 posted on 01/10/2012 12:00:23 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Dry runs.


21 posted on 01/10/2012 12:03:21 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Halal meals? Really? C’Mon!


22 posted on 01/10/2012 12:09:53 PM PST by hattend (If I wanted you dead, you'd be dead. - Cameron Connor)
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To: GAB-1955

Sounds like these were non-Persian Iranians.

Shiite Arabs migrated to Iran from Saudi years ago
and live along the Gulf fishing and smuggling.

Wonder if the Coasties found any wacky weeds on that dhow?


23 posted on 01/10/2012 12:16:17 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: MichaelP
Why do we have Coast Guard cutters in the Persian Gulf?

Waterway security (see this piece from 2003).

The USCG cutter is probably viewed as a less provocative presence than, say, a USN Arleigh Burke destroyer.

24 posted on 01/10/2012 12:20:46 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: WellyP

Exactly! The ROP has a history of “innocent” trial runs, then BANG. Hope our sailors are thinking clearly, maybe sending a small craft rather than the ship coming in too close means they do grasp the potential.


25 posted on 01/10/2012 12:32:30 PM PST by X-spurt
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To: flatfish

How about we swap two of them for the American?? Or sentence them to Death? Crazy Iranians.....


26 posted on 01/10/2012 1:08:09 PM PST by halfright ("Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading". -TJefferson)
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To: hamboy

Saw a photo of one the rescued wearing a new USN cap giving a hug to a crew member. It looked like he could have been saying “Take me with you!”


27 posted on 01/10/2012 2:36:34 PM PST by philled (“If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!")
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To: Nachum
These moron Iranians are going to have a nuke reactor leak and spill, then beg us to help bail them out.

Their nuke facility needs to have a nuclear "accident" well before they are able to deliver anything in weapons form. Won't happen under Obama, though.

28 posted on 01/10/2012 3:18:29 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: chopperman

Iranian boat people?


29 posted on 01/10/2012 3:28:26 PM PST by rightly_dividing (1Cor. 15:1-4)
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To: bgill

My son told me some time after the fact that his ship (destroyer) rescued some stranded Iranian fishermen about a year and a half ago. I had the same worry when I heard about it.


30 posted on 01/10/2012 3:36:52 PM PST by bonfire
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