Less than 2 days after the Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft HMBS Arthur D. HANNA and OPBAT officials apprehended a group of Haitian migrants on the remote island of Little Inagua, another large group was apprehended, this time near Long Island.
Around noon on Tuesday, a boarding team from HMBS Cascarilla, commanded by Lieutenant Commander Clinton Johnson, boarded and searched a Haitian sailing sloop off Galloway Cay, Long Island discovering 124 migrants all believed to be Haitian nationals. Both groups of migrants totaling 190 (179 males, 11 females) were transported onto the Defence Force craft HMBS Rolly Gray, and brought to the Capital shortly after 11:00 am Wednesday. They were turned over to Immigration officials for further processing.
This is the fourth migrant vessel that has been apprehended in Bahamian waters for the month of July. On 15 of this month, a joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Bahamas Immigration officials resulted in the apprehension of 64 migrants on Ragged Island and on July 3rd, a total of 69 Haitian migrants were apprehended on the Great Bahama Bank by HMBS Lignum Vitae.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secured