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Defence Force Rescues 13 Aboard 'Disabled Vessel'

By NICO SCAVELLA

Tribune Staff Reporter

nscavella@tribunemedia.net

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has assisted in the rescue of 13 persons who were stranded at sea aboard a "disabled vessel" after it experienced mechanical problems between Friday and Saturday.

The passengers--five Bahamian men and eight Canadians - left Cabbage Beach in a 25-foot Boston Whaler around 1.30pm on Friday heading for Big Major Cay, aka "Pig Beach," in Exuma.

They did not reach their destination as planned, however, prompting a concerned relative to notify police and RBDF authorities early Saturday morning.

The RBDF subsequently deployed its seagoing patrol craft along with one of its aircraft to assist in searching for the "overdue" vessel.

On Saturday afternoon, a local fisherman spotted the vessel and took the passengers aboard his craft before subsequently informing the RBDF.

RBDF patrol craft P-129 later met the fishing vessel, took the 13 passengers off, and subsequently escorted the distressed vessel to the RBDF's Harbour Unit.

All 13 people were found to be safe and in fair health, RBDF officials said. They were handed over to police and Port Department officials for further investigation.

"The Royal Bahamas Defence Force takes pride in safeguarding the sovereignty and heritage of the country," the RBDF said in a statement.

Comments

sealice 2 years, 6 months ago

so you no longer have to worry about being raped by jetski operators or harassed by the hair braiders or whatever the hell they are supposed to be offering beside trash on ya beach..... you now have to worry about being kidnapped under the guise of lets go for a 120 mile long cruise in my sketchy ars boat??? At least the beach gangstas are offering a wide variety of services.....not sure who's dumber here the trusting canadians or we peeps who almost threaded the needle between the northern exumas and southern eleuthera.....

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Jetflt 2 years, 6 months ago

13 persons on a 25 foot boat????? Who’s the dumb ass that owns the boat and who are the dumber asses that agreed to go all that way in a 25 foot boat????

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paul_vincent_zecchino 2 years, 6 months ago

That's a whole lotta passengers for a twenty five foot Boston Whaler. What was the gag?

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cocohead 2 years, 6 months ago

really stupid but who was the actual rescuer

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Islandboy242242 2 years, 6 months ago

Probably unlicensed, uninsured tour operator. Just as the airline hackers are targeted for their danger to customers, these "boat hackers" also need to be shut down before someone seriously gets hurt and/or sued.

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