More than 70 Haitian migrants apprehended near Inagua

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A Haitian vessel with more than 70 undocumented Haitians was apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) approximately 30 nautical miles northwest of Inagua on Thursday afternoon.

A statement released by the RBDF said the apprehension happened sometime after 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, and was a joint operation of the RBDF and Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), with the support of the Bahamas Immigration Department.

“The OPBAT helicopter spotted the vessel and the Defence Force interceptor stationed in Inagua subsequently apprehended it,” the RBDF said.

“The vessel was later assisted by HMBS Livingstone Smith. The Interceptor was coxswained by Petty Officer Ronnie Neymour and HMBS Livingstone Smith was under the command of Senior Lieutenant Valentino Rolle.”

The migrants are expected to be transported to Inagua where they will be handed over to Immigration authorities for processing.