Late on yesterday, a US defense official said that the plans were in place for Iran to return the sailors to a US Navy vessel in international waters.
Both US and Iranian officials described the sailors, whose boats may have inadvertently drifted into Iranian waters, as safe and well-treated. US defense officials said nine men and one woman were aboard the two vessels seized.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited that “We have received assurances from the Iranians that our sailors were safe and that they will be allowed to continue their journey promptly."

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