ONE HUNDRED and seventeen Haitian migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas early on Monday morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).
While on routine patrol shortly after midnight, Defence Force patrol craft HMBS L L Smith, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Stephen Rolle, boarded and searched a 40-foot white cabin cruiser approximately 61 nautical miles northwest of Mathew Town, Inagua.
A thorough search of the vessel uncovered the 117 migrants - 96 males, 17 females and four children - onboard. The migrants were taken aboard the Defence Force patrol craft and are being transported to New Providence, where they will be handed over to Immigration Officials for further processing.
A total of 190 Haitian migrants have been apprehended in Bahamian waters in less than two weeks by the RBDF. Seventy three undocumented migrants were apprehended off Abaco on September 8.