A total of fifteen Bahamian fishermen and thirteen Dominicans are in custody after they were apprehended onboard a Bahamian fishing vessel off Anguilla cay on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. This, after two Cuban nationals were apprehended off Anguilla Cay on Monday, February 15, 2021.
While on routine patrol, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship NASSAU, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Samantha Hart, boarded and searched a 62-foot Bahamian registered fiberglass vessel named “Blue Water II” approximately one mile west of Anguilla cay. Further investigation of the vessel uncovered the fishermen and the Dominican nationals onboard, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish, two unlicensed compressors and small amount of Marijuana.
HMBS Leon Livingstone Smith under the command of Senior Lieutenant Ricardo McQueen assisted in escorting the captured craft to the capital. All of the men were taken into custody and handed over to Police and Immigration officials for further processing.
Before this incident, HMBS NASSAU apprehended two Cuban nationals onboard a white convertor craft in the vicinity of Anguilla cay on Monday, February 15, 2021. Both men were taken aboard the Defence Force vessel and brought into the capital, where they were handed over to Immigration officials for further processing.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to guarding our heritage.