Nato ships rescued two survivors and spotted three bodies off the coast of a small red sea island monday morning.
This followed a spectacular volcanic eruption the night before, according to a Nato commander.
Rear Admiral Michael Mahon of the U.S. Navy, says the two were among eight missing Yemeni military personnel, who were on Jazirt Atta-Ir island when the volcano erupted, and were receiving medical treatment aboard canadian and U.S. ships.
Mahon also said that three bodies have been spotted in the water and were being recovered.
The ships, part of a six-ship Nato task force en route to the Suez Canal, were only 26 nautical miles away when the eruption took place.