“Without your help,we were desd. Thank you for all that you did for us,” said the owner of the cargo ship Ya-Husssan. This ship was carrying petrochemical products. In accordance with protocol the rescued were given blankets, water, and halal meals.

This was the second act of heroism by the United States. The first one saved 16 sailors from criminal gangs.

Meanwhile an American lured to visit Iran continues to sit on death row in an Iranian prison. Amir Mirzaei Hekmati,a 28-year-old former Marine was convicted of spying for the C.I.A. He was sentenced to death on Monday, January 9, 2012.