‘Safely Returned': 10 U.S. Sailors Detained by Iran Freed

Ten U.S. sailors detained in Iran have been released, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Wednesday, according to NBC News.

The sailors — nine men and one woman — were held overnight on Iran's Farsi Island. They were taken into custody Tuesday when their two small U.S. navy riverine vessels drifted into Iranian-claimed waters during a training mission.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in a statement read aloud on state TV that the sailors had been released back into international waters following a U.S. apology and clarifications that any incursion was unintentional.

The U.S. Navy confirmed that the sailors had been "safely returned" after leaving Iran's Farsi Island at 3:43 a.m. ET aboard the riverine vessels they had been operating when the incident occurred.

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