Ten sailors aboard US Navy boats missing in Gulf: US official

Washington: Ten sailors are on board two US Navy patrol boats that went missing in the Gulf, apparently after straying into Iranian waters, a US defense official has said.

Asked to confirm reports that 10 US Navy personnel were on board the vessels, the official replied, “Yes.”

He said the boats were in the vicinity of Iran’s Farsi island, situated midway between Iran and the Saudi coast, when they lost contact.