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Pics: US sailors provided assistance to Iranian-flagged vessel in distress

While under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) tasking, a boarding team from USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provides food and water to an Iranian-flagged dhow in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Staats IV)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer came to the aid of an Iranian-flagged vessel in distress in the Arabian Sea, an international maritime coalition said on October 16.

The dhow broke down due to a motor problem and launched a distress call to the USS Winston S. Churchill on October 15, according to the Combined Maritime Forces.

While under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) tasking, a boarding team from USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provides food and water to an Iranian-flagged dhow in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Staats IV)

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“When hailed over bridge-to-bridge radio, the vessel’s crew explained that their engine would not start due to a dead battery and they had run out of food and water,” the coalition said in a statement.

The USS Winston S. Churchill established that it was not carrying the type of battery the vessel required, so it sought assistance from Oman’s Coast Guard.

While under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) tasking, a boarding team from USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provides food and water to an Iranian-flagged dhow in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Staats IV)

Navy sailors provided the mariners with food and water and remained in the area until the Omani Coast Guard arrived.

International maritime convention stipulates that ships must assist any boat in distress, regardless of nationality.

While under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) tasking, a boarding team from USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provides food and water to an Iranian-flagged dhow in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Staats IV)

The United States cut its diplomatic ties with Iran after the 1979 revolution and the hostage-taking of American diplomats in Tehran.

Tensions between the two sides have heightened in past months.

While under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) tasking, a boarding team from USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) provides food and water to an Iranian-flagged dhow in distress in the Arabian Sea, Oct. 15. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Louis Staats IV)

The Combined Maritime Forces is a 33-nation coalition that brings together the United States, Turkey, Pakistan, and European powers to patrol international waters in the Middle East, home to some of the world’s most important shipping lanes.