Three British navy boats seized by Iran, reports claim

Three British navy vessels, manned by eight sailors, have been seized by Iran after entering its territorial waters, it has been reported today.

An Iranian military source, quoted by Reuters, said that the boats were held and the sailors arrested after an incident in the Shatt Al Arab channel which divides Iraq and Iran.

The MoD has not been able to confirm the reports as yet but is investigating the claims.

There are no further details at present.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

23 June 2004
Iran set to release captive British sailors today
The eight British sailors being held by Iranian authorities are expected to be released later today. According to Reuters reports, Iran's foreign minister Kamal Kharrazi told the state-run IRNA news agency that the men would be released today.
02 December 2009
British Sailors Freed By Iran
Five British yachtsmen detained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard for a week have been released, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed. The crew were held in the Gulf after their yacht, Kingdom of Bahrain, mistakenly strayed into Iranian waters while sailing from Bahrain to Dubai for a race.
22 June 2004
Detained UK sailors will be prosecuted by Iranians, reports claim
The eight Royal Navy personnel who were arrested yesterday after apparently straying into Iranian waters will be prosecuted, it has been reported today. The Iranian broadcaster, Al Alam, has reported that the Navy personnel strayed around 1,000 metres across the "marine border" when they were detained by a Revolutionary Guards patrol.
17 October 2003
Iran promises 'accelerated' cooperation with nuclear inspectors
Iran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog that it will "accelerate" its cooperation on nuclear issues. In a dispatch from its Vienna headquarters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that its Director-General, Mohamed ElBaradei, met in Tehran with Hassan Rohani, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council.
30 November 2011
British Diplomats Pulled Out Of Iran
Some of Britain’s diplomats will be pulled out of Iran following an attack on its embassy in the capital, Tehran, yesterday, reports the BBC. According to the report some staff will be leaving for their own safety but no numbers in regard to the amount leaving the country have been released.