A group of 44 Haitian migrants was apprehended in the Exuma chain on Sunday morning in a joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and US Coast Guard operatives.
After receiving information from a USCG Aerial surveillance on Sunday morning that a migrant vessel was spotted off Little Hawksbill cay, Defence Force Patrol craft HMBS MADEIRA under the command of Lieutenant James Cox and P-45 coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Bernard Miller were dispatched to the area to investigate.
The migrants (35 males, 9 females) were discovered on a Haitian sloop shortly after 3:00 p.m. approximately 1.06 nautical miles north west of the cay. The Haitian vessel made an attempt to get away, but were eventually caught and the migrants transported aboard P-45. They were brought into the capital late Sunday night and turned over to The Bahamas Immigration Department for further processing.
As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues in the fight against COVID-19 and assist in the recovery efforts following the passage of Hurricane Isaias, the men and women remain committed to protecting the territorial integrity of The Bahamas and keeping our borders secured.