Iran 'warns' off US Navy ship during boat rescue in Gulf of Oman; Americans deny direct contact

Dubai: Iran says it warned off a US Navy warship during a rescue of a boat in the Gulf of Oman, while American officials say there was no direct contact.

 Iran warns off US Navy ship during boat rescue in Gulf of Oman; Americans deny direct contact

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The US Navy said Sunday the incident happened Wednesday and involved a small vessel some 75 nautical miles from the USS Tempest, a coastal patrol boat. The Navy says another boat much closer offered assistance, with that vessel communicating with Iranian naval forces.

Iran offered a different version of the incident. Press TV, the English-language arm of its state broadcaster, said Sunday that the Iranian navy "warned off an American warship" while rescuing the stranded dhow, a traditional ship.

The US and Iran routinely have tense encounters in the Persian Gulf.

Updated Date: Sep 10, 2017 17:40:53 IST