The 15 British marines and sailors, who had been detained in Iranian territorial waters on March 23, left Iran for their home country, while thanking Iran for their release.
"I am thankful to the Iranian government for releasing me," said the only female sailor, Faye Turney, in the 15-member group of the British marines in an exclusive interview with IRNA upon leaving Iran Thursday morning.
Asked about her feeling as a mother upon departure, Mrs. Turney said she was happy that she would see her baby daughter and family.
She said that while in Iran she and other members of the group had been treated well and humanely.
"(We have been treated) humanely. They (Iranians) treated us well," said Turney.
Also asked whether she would visit Iran once again after returning home, Turney said, "Under different circumstances yes I would; As a tourist."
Other British sailors and marines, including the 21-year-old royal navy sailor Nathan Summers and their commander, were pleased with Iran's hospitality and thanked Iran for releasing them.
The sailors and marines arrived at Tehran's Mehrabad airport aboard two minibuses escorted by police and were flown back home at 8:00 AM local time (04:30 GMT) on a scheduled British Airways flight for London.
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