NASSAU, BAHAMAS – With just one hour into the new year, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 23 Haitian migrants on Tuesday in the area of South Beach.
The apprehensions included 14 men, eight women and one boy.
A statement released yesterday from the RBDF, outlined that RBDF personnel, stationed at the South Beach pools, apprehended several Haitian nationals attempting to make it to shore in waters East of the area around 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
The statement said upon further investigation by the RBDF, Police and Immigration personnel, a wooden sloop was found in shallow waters about a quarter-mile offshore.
An expanded search of the coastal area was also carried out by officials, and a search of the nearby area of South Beach continues.
This latest apprehension comes on the heels of the RBDF apprehending 124 Haitian migrants on New Year’s Eve. Their 40-ft sail sloop was apprehended approximately eight miles south of New Providence.
The migrants, who comprised of 107 males and 17 females, were turned over to Immigration officials for further questioning.
The RBDF has apprehended or assisted in apprehending over 400 Haitian migrants in 2018.