Two of three American hikers detained in Iran are in poor health and have discussed staging a hunger strike, their families said Friday.
The three - Sarah Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Josh Fattal, 27 - were detained last July and sent to Evin prison in Tehran. Their families said that Swiss diplomats were able to visit them Thursday, the first such visit in five months.
"We thank the Iranian authorities for allowing Shane, Sarah and Josh to receive another consular visit at long last, but we are alarmed to learn of their physical and emotional state of health and fear their well-being will suffer even more unless their case is resolved without delay," the families said in a statement Friday.
The United States, which has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since 1979, has relied on Switzerland to appeal directly for the hikers' release.
The families say that the three friends, who are all graduates of the University of California and seasoned travelers, accidentally strayed across an unmarked border into Iran while on a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran has said they will be put on trial.