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151 Haitian Migrants Apprehended

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Haitian 3A total of 151 Haitian migrants were apprehended in Bahamian waters in two separate incidents between August 9 -11.

In the first incident on August 9, the U.S. Coast Guard vessel with a Defence Force shiprider on board apprehended 73 Haitian migrants aboard a freighter.

Under the Comprehensive Maritime Agreement between the U.S. and The Bahamas, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) personnel are permitted to conduct tours of duty aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels and to arrest persons engaged in illicit activities in Bahamian waters.

In the second incident on August 11, a Coast Guard vessel also apprehended a second group of 78 persons in waters North of Ragged Island.

All migrants apprehended in both incidents were subsequently transferred to the Defence Force patrol vessel, HMBS Arthur D. Hanna, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright for transport to New Providence.

This latest group brings the total Haitian migrant count apprehended in Bahamian waters for the year to over 640 as a result of Defence Force conducting its own patrol operations, as well as RBDF joint operations with The Bahamas Immigration and U.S. Coast Guard authorities.

The 151 undocumented migrants have since been brought to Coral Harbour and are currently under the supervision of immigration officials for further processing.


Written by Jones Bahamas

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