Ten U.S. Sailors, Two Navy Boats, and Iran

Iran says it will "promptly” return a group of U.S. sailors who reportedly drifted into Iranian waters Tuesday.

Two Iranian naval vessels conduct exercises in the Persian Gulf in 2010. (Reuters)

The Iranian military detained 10 U.S. sailors on two small Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf that reportedly crossed into Iranian-controlled waters, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Details remain unclear, but NBC News reports that the territorial crossing was unintentional:

The officials said it’s unclear whether the 10 American sailors aboard two small riverine vessels had strayed into Iranian territorial waters before they were captured.

The sailors were on a training mission around noon ET when one of the boats experienced mechanical failure and drifted into Iranian-claimed waters, officials added. Iran's coast guard took them into custody, although the crew has been described as being safe.

Iranian officials told the U.S. that the sailors “will promptly be allowed to continue their journey,” according to the BBC.

The sailors are reportedly being held on Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of the Iranian military closely tied to the country’s hardline faction.

This is a developing story and we’ll have more information as it becomes available.