When they were on a mission off the coast of Somalia, two Navy SEALs went missing after falling into the ocean.

According to the officials, two United States Navy Seals went missing on Sunday after they were reported to have fallen into the ocean while participating in a nighttime boarding mission off the coast of Somalia on Thursday.

The event occurred at a time when the United States was stepping up its intervention against Houthi rebels in Yemen who were supported by Iran and who had been assaulting commercial boats in the Red Sea.

From the end of November till the present, the Houthis, who control a portion of Yemen, have attacked shipping channels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden 28 times. According to the Houthis, the strikes should be interpreted as a reaction to Israel's invasion of Gaza.

The missing SEALs were on a mission unrelated to Operation Prosperity Guardian, the U.S. and international mission to protect Red Sea vessels, a U.S. official told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

According to the official, the SEALs were on an interdiction mission when one of them got off a ship due to the strong waves that battered it. Another SEAL then went after him to try to rescue him.

Rescue efforts are still continuing strong, according to U.S. Central Command. Until the people rescue effort is finished, the leadership will not provide any further details regarding the event, according to USA TODAY.

The United States Navy SEALs had been sent out to investigate a suspicious vessel that was located off the coast of Somalia when the event took place, as reported by the New York Times.

According to the Washington Post, the operation of the Special Operations Forces was also unrelated to the capture of a tanker flying the flag of the Marshall Islands by Iran.

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