Despite the recent Iranian blustering, Pentagon spokesperson Capt. John Kirby called today's rescue an example of "positive engagement" with the Middle Eastern nation, a sentiment reportedly shared by the ship's captain.
"The Captain of the [Iranian vessel] expressed his sincere gratitude that we came to assist them," Schminky said. "He was afraid that without our help, they could have been there for months."
Faller said Iran's public political stance didn't mean much when it came to saving people in the water.
"We respect life and liberty regardless... You know, it is all about people and we respect people in need and take into custody those who are doing wrong," he said. "For us, it is business as usual."