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Bahamian Students Evacuated

Scores of Bahamian students studying in Jamaica were flown home on a flight chartered by the government, as to ensure their safety with Hurricane Matthew set to hit that island.

 Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell stated the government’s need to evacuate the students.

 “Somewhere after 11:15 pm on Saturday night the students were met by the Prime Minster and the Deputy Prime Minister as well as other public officials.

 “The Prime Minster spoke to the students and explained what the government’s position is in regards to wanting them to be safe and secure.

 “The return flight will be available as soon as the all clear has been given in Jamaica.

 He acknowledged the contributions of the Honorary Consul in Jamaica, Alvita Knight, for marshalling the operation and said he had been in contact with Jamaican authorities throughout the day.

Early on Saturday the ministry said it was informing parents of students studying in Jamaica, as well as the students themselves, that a Bahamas air flight would depart from Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston, on Saturday night.

 The minster also dispelled rumors that there was a surplus of students thus allowing some persons to miss the flight and more flights were needed.

 “We had received information that that there was a surplus in the number of people wanting to take the flight but it turns out that those people were not students.

 “They were persons who were on the Caribbean Airlines flight to Nassau, so it wasn’t necessary to have another flight sent into Jamaica

 Tramesha Carey, a 2nd year student studying Mathematics at Northern Carribean University in Jamaica was one of the students that was flown home and expressed her gratitude.

 “It feels like a miracle to be home right now.

 “It was a really long and drawn out day, a lot of us were from 6 am trying to figure out what to do, trying to contact the consulate about what provisions were being made

 “I honestly didn’t think it was possible, I came to Eleuthera first thing this morning and I am extremely thankful that I do not have to experience this hurricane alone away from home.

 “I’m with my family and that is the best thing that I could have asked for,” Ms. Carey said.

 Mr. Mitchell added that students and parents alike should continue to monitor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for updated information.






Written by Jones Bahamas

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