Iran navy expansion program? Iranians seize yacht crew, boat

By Incorrect Author 1 December 2009

The UK foreign office has announced that five UK citizens (and the yacht) have been detained by the Iranian navy while the Brits were sailing the yacht from Bahrain to Dubai for an upcoming sailing race. The yacht was initially stopped on November 25. The UK says the crew may have "strayed inadvertently into Iranian waters", while race organizers say the crew may have been drifting after having propeller problems. Propeller problems?  Don't yachts usually have sails and anchors? A Dubai Offshore Sailing Club rep told the BBC, meanwhile, that there was no wind and the crew was waiting for a tow. There are no reports that the crew is being mistreated. The UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, said that he hopes the issue would be resolved soon but sources note that the timing is particularly awkward, given the UK's condemnation of Iran's plan to extend its nuclear program and there are fears the Iranians could use the detention as a way to seek extra leverage re the nuclear dispute. For more, read the BBC


While we have your attention...

An increasingly rare commodity, quality independent journalism costs money - though not nearly as much as its absence.

Every article, every day, is our contribution to Defending Truth in South Africa. If you would like to join us on this mission, you could do much worse than support Daily Maverick's quest by becoming a Maverick Insider.

Click here to become a Maverick Insider and get a closer look at the Truth.

Election 2019

Maimane takes hardline on illegal immigration at DA’s 2019 campaign manifesto launch

By Ferial Haffajee

Adolf Hitler was the first European leader to ban human zoos.