Families 'elated' as Iran frees British yachtsmen

britons-releaseRelatives of five British sailors detained after their racing yacht strayed into Iranian waters expressed their relief Wednesday after it was announced the crew was being freed and returned to international waters.

The British Foreign Office confirmed the release of the five, who were detained by the Iranian navy on November 25 after going off course while traveling from Bahrain to Dubai. Iranian media also reported their release.

"A few tears, just totally elated," Charles Porter, father of Luke Porter, one of the five, told a reporter, adding that he was "relieved that it appears to be over and he's on his way home. His mother will give him a telling off."

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