U.S. Ships Rescue Iranian Mariners Twice In One Week | For the second time in one week, U.S. ships rescued a group of Iranian mariners. A U.S. Coast Guard cutter picked up the Iranians after their vessel broke down in the Persian Gulf. Coast Guard spokesman George Little told reporters that one of the Iranians suffered burns and was receiving treatment. Last Thursday, a U.S. Navy ship rescued 13 Iranian fishermen from pirates in the Arabian Sea. The two rescues occurred amidst the rising tensions of threats from Iran to close the Strait of Hormuz and talk of barring foreign warships from the Persian Gulf.