Iranian Navy saves U.S. cargo ship from pirates

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, May 24, 2012 16:50 EDT
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Iranian state media said Thursday that a U.S. cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman was rescued yesterday by the Iranian Navy after pirates climbed aboard.

The Fars News Agency said that the Iranian Navy was responding to a distress signal, and veered directly toward the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Texas, sending the pirates running. The ship’s owner, Virginia-based Maersk Line Ltd., confirmed the report to Bloomberg News.

U.S. ships have, in recent months, done the same courtesy for Iranian vessels near the Strait of Hormuz, a key transit point for about one-fifth of the world’s oil, where tensions between Iranian and U.S. forces have been high.

“We were aware of the incident yesterday,” a State Department official told CNN. “The situation was successfully deescalated by the ship’s crew and the Iranian crew.”

This video is from CNN, published Thursday, May 24, 2012.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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