Arrested UK sailor offers apology for Iranian nation
Another arrested UK royal marine N. Thomas Summers on Friday admitted that the 15 British sailors had trespassed on Iran's territorial waters on March 23 and extended his apology to the Iranian nation for the issue. Speaking to reporters, the British marine said, "We illegally trespassed on Iran's territorial waters and were arrested by the Iranian border guards and I would like to apologize the Iranian people for the issue."
According to IRNA, he said the Iranian forces captured the sailors and marines in a friendly manner and treated them well.
Referring to repeated illegal entry into Iranian territorial waters by the UK forces and to the official commitment of British officials in 2004 on non-repetition of such violations, he apologized for illegal entry of the UK forces in the year 2004 too.
"Since we were arrested on March 23, 2007, everything has been OK and I am quite satisfied with the current conditions. Over the past days, Iranian forces have shown us a very friendly and good behavior and no ill treatment has been observed," said the sailor.
Another UK servicewoman Fay Turney had already on Thursday expressed regret for illegal entry into Iranian territorial waters and described the Iranian border guards as very humane and good.