The USS Vincennes, the cruiser that mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner last month, rescued five Iranian fishermen Sunday who apparently had been drifting in a dinghy for more than a week, defense officials said Monday.
The officials, who declined to be identified, said the guided-missile cruiser was patroling the Gulf of Oman, just below the entrance to the Persian Gulf at the Strait of Hormuz, when it spotted the fishermen.They were quickly taken aboard and treated for what was described as minor injuries, primarily dehydration and hypothermia, the officials added. They said the five were still aboard the Vincennes Monday, awaiting arrangements for their return to Iran.
Meanwhile, civil aviation experts questioned airport officials in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday over last month's downing of the Iranian airliner. Sources said the International Civil Aviation Organization team was given flight control records of the Iranair flight. The team is due to leave for Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.