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Boat found in hunt for fisherman

Rescuers searching for a missing elderly Abaconian fisherman have recovered his boat adrift at sea. The Sandy Point community in Abaco has been rocked by the disappearance of 73-year-old fisherman James Green.

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RBDF targets new ways to tackle smugglers

THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) yesterday announced the development of a comprehensive programme to decentralise their operations in a bid to combat human smuggling.

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16 Haitians held after wooden sloop found

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 16 Haitians after discovering a wooden sloop around 1am yesterday.

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12 migrants held in Bimini

TWELVE undocumented immigrants were captured on South Bimini by the combined efforts of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and police officers stationed on the island on Sunday.

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RBDF too slow to help distressed vessel, says boater

A CONCERNED boater has criticised the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s response time following an incident at sea where a smoking boat was left in distress for hours.

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Cuban migrants rescued after vessel overturns

SIX Cuban migrants who risked their lives to reach Florida were rescued by a fishing vessel after their vessel overturned in Bahamian waters near Cay Sal.

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RBDF saves pair after boat capsize

TWO men who were adrift at sea after their boat capsized in waters off Delaporte Point were rescued by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Saturday.

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Search after man falls off boat

THE search for a missing Bahamian man who fell overboard from a vessel off central Eleuthera on Friday night has been suspended, a Royal Bahamas Defence Force official confirmed to The Tribune yesterday.

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Boaters put on alert as container found floating

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has warned boaters to stay clear of an unidentified floating container unit found in waters off Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma chain.At last report, the estimated 20 ft by 40 ft metal container was located at position latit

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Two rescued from disabled vessel

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued two boaters last Thursday after their vessel broke down.Jerome Burrows, 37, and Sasha McPhee, 37, left Riverwatch Marina in Stuart, Florida around 9.30am on Wednesday heading for Abaco. A relative called the U

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Man and child rescued after falling into sea from jet ski

A MAN and a young child are counting their blessings after they were rescued from waters near Potter’s Cay on Thursday afternoon by Royal Bahamas Defence Force military divers and marines attached to the RBDF’s Harbour Patrol Unit.Shortly after 4pm o

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UPDATED: Defence Force pulls body from waters near Potter's Cay Dock

ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force divers pulled a body out of waters near Potter’s Cay Dock on Thursday.

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Two Dominican fishermen arrested by Defence Force

TWO Dominican fishermen, caught fishing in Bahamian waters on Wednesday, were arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and are on their way to Nassau.

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RBDF investigating threats made on social media after arrests

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has addressed threats made on its social media page allegedly by foreign nationals after 46 Dominican poachers were charged in Bahamian courts. In a press release issued on Saturday, the RBDF assured the public that is

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Boater dies as vessel hits reef

ONE man died and two others were injured when their speedboat smashed into a reef just off the coast of New Providence late Sunday night.

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26 captured as sloop lands off Venice Bay

AN “ongoing search” for illegal migrants is underway by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force following the capture of a number of Haitians in south New Providence on Sunday.

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Three Haitian men apprehended from vessel

Three Haitian men, including a boat captain, were apprehended off the west coast of Great Inagua when Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers boarded a 45ft Haitian sail sloop on Friday.

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Marines to the rescue as freighter breaks loose

QUICK thinking marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit assisted in securing one of three breakaway freighters on Tuesday afternoon near Potter’s Cay Dock.

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Defence Force rescues 13 aboard 'disabled vessel'

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 – l

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Haitian migrants arrested by Defence Force

NEARLY 90 Haitian migrants were arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) early Wednesday morning, according to an RBDF statement.

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Hunt for missing men from capsized boat continues

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is assisting in the search for two people who went missing at sea on Sunday after their vessel capsized. Four other occupants of the boat – Don Smith, Alan Rolle Jr, Karkin McLuaglir (a Honduran) and Doswell Coakley —

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25 Haitians apprehended

MORE than 25 Haitians were apprehended Friday.

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70 Haitians held after vessel stopped near Long Island

IN its first apprehension of the year, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force arrested 70 Haitians who were on board a 40ft sailing vessel east of Wemyss in south Long Island, officials said.

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Haitian illegals - 114 to fly home

THE Department of Immigration will deport 114 Haitians today and charge 14 people who were caught in Bahamian over the holiday weekend.

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RBDF audit ‘questions still to ask’

FORMER Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson yesterday raised concerns over the findings of an audit conducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), telling The Tribune he felt assurances offered by National Security Minister Marvin Dames were “premature”.

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Migrants are hunted as Haitian sloop lands

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is investigating reports of a Haitian wooden sloop landing in the southwest area of New Providence.

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Blunder gives RBDF officers extra $700k

MORE than $700,000 was wrongly paid out to 1,227 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers in 2014, the Office of the Auditor General has found.

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The Defence Force Arrives in Dominica

A Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel, led by Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe, arrived in Dominica on Monday.

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RBDF vacation leave cancelled

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has announced that all vacation leave for the force has been cancelled because of Hurricane Irma.

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Fishermen Rescued at sea after engine problems

THANKS to joint efforts of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and local fishermen, two fishermen are grateful to be alive today after being missing for several hours when their 17-foot white Boston whaler developed engine problems.The men left to go fis

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Five rescued from sunken vessel

FIVE individuals are counting their blessings after they were rescued from their sunken vessel Thursday morning.While on routine patrol, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft P-128 under coxswain Petty Officer Bernard Cash came upon a 30-ft craft

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RBDF operations with police ‘is not a long-term solution’

WHILE the increased collaboration between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and police has netted results for law enforcement, one marine has warned that the strategy could not become the final solution to the nation’s violent crime ills.

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Fishermen 'reaping benefits' of protection from new RBDF vessels

THE prudence of the government's decision to acquire nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBPF) vessels at a cost of $232 million can be seen in the results that are being reaped, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Friday.

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18 Cuban migrants detained

EIGHTEEN Cuban migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas by a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) patrol craft in the Cay Sal Bank area southeast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday morning.

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73 Haitian migrants detained

A GROUP of undocumented Haitian migrants were picked up by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers near Hope Town, Abaco.

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Dominican Republic probe shootout between poachers and RBDF vessel

THE Dominican Republic has launched its own investigation into the recent shootout between Royal Bahamas Defense Force marines and suspected Dominican poachers, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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Defence Force's Martin Shield operation a 'tremendous success'

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on Friday concluded its bilateral Marlin Shield operation, a maritime and land-based training project aided by United States security forces.

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Defence Force bolsters fleet with three new vessels, mobile base

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) held the largest commissioning ceremony in the service’s history on Friday at the John Alfred Wharf, bolstering its fleet with three new vessels and a 17-piece containerised mobile base as it upgrades its fleet to safeguard the Bahamas.

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Bethel waits for government decision on Defence Force Commodore role

ACTING Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Tellis Bethel yesterday said he is still awaiting government confirmation on whether or not he will fully assume the organisation's top role.

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Defence Force boosted as largest class passes out

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) welcomed its largest recruitment cohort at a passing out parade of the New Entry 52 class at the Coral Harbour base yesterday.

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Five Cubans caught near Anguilla Cay by Defence Force patrol

FIVE Cuban nationals have been apprehended by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers patrolling near Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank area in the southwestern Bahamas.

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Residents complain about 'disruptive' Defence Force actions

RESIDENTS of Coral Harbour are crying foul over the "disruptive" actions of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers in their neighbourhood, close to the organisation's base.

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RBDF does not comment on claims of pregnant women being abused

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has declined to comment on the abuse claims of two pregnant Bahamian women pending a police investigation.

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19 Cubans arrested by Defence Force

NINETEEN Cubans were arrested by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers over the weekend, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

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21 immigrants arrested in Abaco

TWENTY-ONE Haitian nationals have been arrested in Abaco.

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RBDF say tyres used to burn bodies - but police say deaths not yet classified

FORENSIC Officers are working to determine the race, age, sex and cause of death of the four badly burned bodies discovered last week on Anguilla Cay.

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$232m borrowing to pay for boats

THE Christie administration will today table a resolution to borrow $232 million to purchase nine new Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels.

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Bahamian vessels held over undersized crawfish

TWO Bahamian vessels were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Bimini police after officers found crew members with undersized crawfish.

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40 Dominicans held by Defence Force

DEFENCE Force officers arrested 40 Dominicans, who are suspected of poaching off the coast of Andros on Saturday.

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Dominican fishermen held

A GROUP of Dominican fishermen have been apprehended by the Defence Force on suspicion of fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.

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Cuban abuse trial resumes but no clarity on observers

THE Cuban detainee abuse trial resumed at the Defence Force base yesterday, Defence Force Public Relations Officer Lt Origin Deleveaux told The Tribune.

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RBDF patrols 'not affected' by redeployment

THE deployment of Defence Force officers to the Royal Bahamas Police Force has not affected patrol operations, RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe said yesterday.

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Tribune denied permission to attend hearings

THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has officially denied The Tribune’s application for permission to cover the ongoing Cuban detainee abuse hearings.

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Shortage of equipment blamed by Defence Force

THE Defence Force is handicapped by a shortage of equipment and human resources, Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux said yesterday.

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Defence Force to use CCTV after claims over detainees

THE Defence Force said it will use CCTV cameras to monitor those in its custody following accusations that officers of the military organisation violated the human rights of detainees.

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Large increase in immigrants arrested

MORE than 900 illegal immigrants have been arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force so far this year – almost as many as the 12 months of 2012.

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Govt to buy nine new ships for Defence Force

THE government has signed a letter of intent with DAMEN Shipyards to augment the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s fleet with nine medium-to-long range vessels, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said. The deal also includes improvements to the RBDF’s existing bases and harbours and a 70 per cent increase in human capital.

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