New details about how the 10 U.S. sailors were released today from Iranian custody have started to emerge.
They departed Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf just before noon local time aboard the two riverine boats they’d been operating when detained Tuesday.
The ships were accompanied by some Iranian escort craft but they left Farsi Island "under their own power,” according to Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet.
From there, the two boats headed toward the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Anzio, which was in international waters just outside Iranian territorial waters off Farsi Island.
When the two U.S. craft neared the Anzio, the Iranian craft turned around and returned to the island.