Search for aircraft in Great Inagua ongoing

Pilot reported engine failure to authorities   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities were yesterday searching for an aircraft after the pilot of a plane reported to the U.S. Coast Guard that he had experienced the loss of an engine and was losing altitude, though after several hours of searching it was unclear if the plane crashed. […]

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Police report apparent drowning of Canadian tourist at Half Moon Cay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Police in the capital are investigating an apparent drowning that occurred on Monday, February 11 at Half Moon Cay. According to police reports, shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, an adult Canadian male tourist, who was a passenger on a cruise ship, was discovered unresponsive and floating in waters at Half Moon […]

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Unknown smuggling victims laid to rest

A journey that began in Haiti and saw dozens of Haitians board a wooden sloop in search of a better life in The Bahamas, ended in disaster with the bodies of 22 victims laying in caskets yesterday at the Enoch Backford Auditorium on Carmichael Road. “Today is a sad day for all of us,” said […]

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Haitian charge d’Affaires: We will solve this “madness”

Charging that the governments of the Republic of Haiti and Commonwealth of The Bahamas must continue to work together to bring an end to illegal migration amidst the worst migrant boating tragedy on record, Haitian Charge d’Affairs Francois Michel said yesterday that a solution must be found “for this madness”. His comments were made at […]

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More bodies recovered from Haitian vessel

Death toll increases to 32   Two more bodies were found yesterday afternoon among the wreckage of a sunken vessel than ran aground and capsized last Friday, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 Haitian migrants, Eyewitness News Online understands. The latest find pushes the death toll to 32. Authorities pulled two bodies out […]

Another body retrieved from waters

Total body count stands at 30; capsized vessel was carrying 83 persons   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The death toll of Haitian migrants who perished when their boat capsized last weekend continues to rise after another body believed to be that of a Haitian national was retrieved from waters in Abaco on Wednesday. A statement released […]

Two more bodies of suspected Haitian sloop passengers found

Authorities continue search for additional survivors, bodies    NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities pulled two more bodies out of waters off Abaco on Tuesday and suspect they were passengers onboard a Haitian sloop that ran aground and capsized in waters off Man-O-War Cay last weekend. Yesterday’s discovery pushed the death toll to 29. According to authorities, […]

Haitian govt. requests bodies of deceased migrants

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Haitian government has requested that the government of The Bahamas return the bodies of the 27 migrants who drowned in waters off Abaco after their sloop ran aground and capsized on Friday night, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield. Henfield said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has had continued […]

Haitian group calls for more to be done after Abaco tragedy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — President of the United Haitian Association in The Bahamas Pastor Antoine St. Louis yesterday appealed to the Haitian government to do more to ensure the borders are better protected so that Haitians cannot make perilous journeys to The Bahamas and other countries. “We continue to just push that the Haitian government will […]

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Immigration head: Persons found culpable in deadly Haitian voyage will be prosecuted

RBDF continues search, high-level meeting held to discuss deaths   NASSAU, BAHAMAS – If persons are found culpable in planning the tragic voyage which led to the death of 27 Haitians over the weekend, they should expect harsh consequences, according to Immigration Director Clarence A. Russell. “Director of Immigration Mr. Clarence A. Russell expressed his […]

RBDF Commodore: Officers still patrol plane crash area in search of debris

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) continues to probe the plane crash which led to the disappearance of Captain Bryon Ferguson last November. As for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force  (RBDF), Commodore Tellis Bethel reported on Friday that while the search has technically been called off,  RBDF officers still frequent the area […]