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Bahamian Boaters Rescued Near Bimini

Several Bahamian boaters were rescued by a joint effort by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), Police Force and Operations Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (BASES – Freeport) in two separate incidents on Saturday.

According to RBDF officials, in the first incident which occurred around 6 p.m., OPBAT reported that a 25-feet white Ranger vessel named ‘Whiplash’ experienced mechanical problems two miles south of Bimini.

A vessel from the Police Marine Division in Bimini was dispatched with a police officer along with two Defence Force marines on board. The disabled vessel, along with a male occupant, was safely brought into north Bimini.

According to officials, in a second incident which occurred around 8:25 p.m., a 19-feet skiff was being towed by a 17-feet skiff in the area of Brown’s Boat Basin near the Poop Deck, East Bay Street.

A 26-feet vessel named ‘Raptor’ collided into the tow rope, resulting in minor damage to one of the vessels.

Officials said Defence Force Patrol craft P-115 went and assisted the vessels, which were all escorted to the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit.

None of the occupants on the vessels were injured.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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