The US-flagged merchant vessel Maersk Kinloss has rescued three Iranian mariners.
The Maersk company informed the US Navy of the rescue of the mariners, who had been stranded at sea for several weeks.
According to the US Navy, this communication was enabled through the relationship between the commercial maritime industry and NAVCENT’s Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping team.
“The rescue is an example of professional mariners rendering assistance to others in distress at sea, a responsibility and mission that we in the U.S. Navy share and take very seriously.”
The stranded mariners were transferred to the Omani coast guard, who are coordinating their return to Iran.
Ed Hanley, vice president of labor and marine standards for Maersk Line, said:
“Rendering assistance to save lives if possible is not only international law and custom of the sea, but it is also the right thing to do. Sadly, the Iranians said that in the course of being adrift over 19 days, several other ships had stopped, provided them with food and water, but refused to take them aboard. Whether this was to avoid the cost of delays associated with rescue efforts or for other reasons we can never know.”