Coral Harbour Base, 25 AUG. ‘19 (RBDF): ): A total of 99 Haitian migrants were apprehended on Sunday afternoon by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force after they were discovered in Bahamian waters.
After receiving information concerning a possible Haitian sloop in the Exuma chain, patrol craft P-45, coxswained by Petty Officer Acadia Smith, was directed to investigate. At approximately 2:00 pm, the Defence Force craft spotted a 40-ft. Haitian sloop approximately 15 nautical miles (nm) west of Highbourne Cay.
Another RBDF patrol craft, P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Ronnie Neymour, also assisted with the apprehension.
The migrants – (79 males, 15 females and 5 male children) were brought into the capital and have all been turned over to Immigration officials for further questioning.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force has now apprehended (or assisted in the apprehension of) over 400 Haitian migrants this year.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to protect and safeguard the territorial waters of The Bahamas.
(RBDF Photo by Chief Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)
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