A Bahamian fishing vessel was apprehended by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Aurthur Dion Hanna under the command of Lieutenant Commander Chapell Whyms on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 for fisheries violations.
While on routine patrol HMBS Aurthur Dion Hanna apprehended a seventy foot (70 ft) Bahamian fishing vessel (Sky Blue) with three (3) persons onboard. Sky Blue was intercepted approximately fifteen (15) nautical miles of Flamingo Cay in the Ragged Island Chain with an undetermined quantity of undersized Crawfish on board during routine boarding procedures. The vessel and occupants were subsequently arrested by Defence Force Marines and escorted to Coral Harbour Base Saturday September 6, 2014 to be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further processing. Authorities will also be investigating the immigration status of one of the occupants found aboard the Bahamian fishing vessel.
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