Illegal migrants apprehended

A number of Haitian migrants were transported by plane to Matthew Town, Inagua Sunday morning, after being spotted by a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Operation Bahamas and Turks & Caicos (OPBAT), helicopter according to Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

Reports say several additional migrants were found in the nearby bushes by the local community and law enforcement agencies, following a combined search of the island.

The migrants have all been turned over to Immigration officials for further questioning and processing. An ongoing search for additional migrants is currently taking place, officers said.

According to the RBDF, an estimated 120 persons may have landed.

Last Tuesday, 46 Haitian migrants were apprehended off south Eleuthera by HMBS Madeira. Those migrants have since been charged before the courts for illegal landing.

Over 200 migrants have been apprehended by the RBDF this year.