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Migrants Held After Sloop Ran Aground

By RICARDO WELLS 

Tribune Staff Reporter

rwells@tribunemedia.net

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 40 Haitian migrants after discovering a sloop near Little Inagua on Tuesday morning.

In a statement yesterday, the RBDF indicated that officers onboard HMBS Durward Knowles, acting on information received, located and apprehended a 35-ft Haitian sloop off the southern coast of Little Inagua.

A subsequent statement from the Department of Immigration noted officials were told a vessel had ran aground near Little Inagua with possible people on board. Officials also noted that a further search of the island and surrounding area led to the apprehension of the migrants — 32 males, seven females and one minor — all of whom appeared to be in good health.

The migrants were taken into custody and transported to Mathew Town, Inagua where they were turned over to Department of Immigration officials for further processing.

With this latest apprehension, over 300 Haitian migrants have been apprehended by the RBDF across several separate incidents, according to the force’s records.

To close out last year, the RBDF apprehended 124 Haitian migrants after a 40-ft sloop was discovered roughly eight miles south of New Providence. Just days later, the RBDF opened 2019 with the apprehension of 54 Haitian migrants after stopping and searching a conventional sailing yacht near the entrance of Man O War Cay, Marsh Harbour, Abaco on January 3.

Those apprehension were followed by a third incident where 108 Haitian migrants were found on Saturday, January 5, and another 64 in the Exuma chain on Saturday, February 16.

These numbers do not reflect apprehensions by other law enforcement agencies this year.

Conversely, the Department of Immigration has processed, prosecuted and deported of hundreds of Haitian nationals in recent months.

Comments

birdiestrachan 1 year, 6 months ago

where is rights Bahamas in all of this?? I suppose they say the more the merrier.

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bogart 1 year, 6 months ago

DEY INVADING BAHAMAS ....ILLEGALLY....SO WHY BAHAMIAN...TAXPAYERS MONEY SPENDING TO RESCUE DESE .....WHEN DEY GETS..... MAROONED ON UNINHABITED ISLAND.....LEAVE DEM DERE .....TO CALL DERE OWN HAITI GOVT........UNTIL HAITI GOVT SPENDS..... DERE OWN HAITI TAXPAYERS MONEY TO GET DEM BACK....INCL DERE SLOOP BOAT....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....AND BAHAMIAN GOVT.... ISSUE ...ANOTHER....STERNEST OFFICIAL LETTERS/NATIONAL CORRESPONDENCES... ....LIKE... 402,596...... .STERNEST LETTERS....??...TO DATE....??....BAHAMIAN GOVT NATIONAL WARNING.... TO DA HAITI GOVT FOR ...DERE PEOPLE CITIZENS.....BREECHING WE SOVEREIGN BAHAMIAN TERRITORY....

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proudloudandfnm 1 year, 6 months ago

They wanna go to the US? Let em fix their boat and send them on their way. We need to stop paying for the US' immigrant issues. Do like Mexico. Let em go thru ..

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bogart 1 year, 6 months ago

Wid ya sentiments....BUT.....Uncke Sam been invaluable in assisting to apprehend dese illegal human trafficing to Bahamas.........AND.....da Bahamian top been falsely telling the people that these illegal human migrants on sloops were destined by sloop to US.......fully commonsense sloops heahing up Tongue of the Ocean are pointed to Nassau in dere path...!!!!....an if passed hav to go past Andros / Nassau furtherother islands Chub...Berry..BInimi...IF ....TOP IN CHARGE .......knows if dese Sloops illegal Haitins destined for US.......den they would head past Ragged Island to uninhabited Cay Sal into Florida Straights to land .....uncommon....and ..knowing they would be caught.on Florida beach.....!!!!!!!.......dese Bahamian officials were misrepresenting....talking fallacy....or dont know Bahamian map...

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proudloudandfnm 1 year, 6 months ago

If you're on a wooden sloop in open seas common sense says you'd stay close to land in case something goes wrong, so I gots to disagree with you. Common sense also says if you want a better life you'd head to the US and not to crime ridden, Haitian hating Nassau....

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bogart 1 year, 6 months ago

AGREED WID YOU ON SAILING.....COMMON SENSE......with you an me.....!!!!!!!......WE ARE NORMAL SAILORS WITH EVERY EQUIPMENT....Every safety....supplies...backups...BUT....HAITIAN SAILORS ARE DIFFERENT....FROM US...VASTLY VASTLY UNDERRATED...different.....travelling without navigation equipment, navigating by stars...dey can read everything..an sail...in weather where Bahamian sailors stay onshore...Again underrated wooden sloops carrying weight years an years...given Haitian sailors...few ever caught...many successful...only few sloops caught by massive surveillance or by mistake....YES we are common sense...decades now...but Haitian sloops an Haitian are next chapter ahead of us...

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