Sailors Say Iranian Lockup Wasn't So Bad

British yacht crew says they were scared, but treated well
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2009 11:22 AM CST
Sailors Say Iranian Lockup Wasn't So Bad
British sailors Sam Usher, Luke Porter, Oliver Young and Oliver Smith, arrive at Dubai International Marine Club, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, after being released by Iran, Dec. 2, 2009.   (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

(Newser) – The five British yachtsmen Iran captured en route to Dubai say they have no complaints about their treatment. The sailors described their ordeal at a news conference today, saying they were held in a “perfectly reasonable room,” where they played chess and darts and were exceedingly well nourished. “If anything, we may be a bit overweight because they were feeding us so much,” said one.

They stressed the situation was psychologically taxing, however. “It wasn't pleasant when you are not in charge of your own destiny,” said a radio host caught onboard the ship. “Your mind starts playing all sorts of tricks.” And though the sailors admit veering off course to avoid oil platforms, they insist that they never ventured into waters marked as restricted on nautical charts. (Read more Iran stories.)

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