Minister of Transport & Local Government provides update on Boating Incident in Exuma

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The Ministry of Transport and Local Government held a press conference on Monday, July 2, 2018, to provide preliminary information in the aftermath of the boating incident which occurred June 30, in Exuma. The Hon. Frankie Campbell, Minister of Transport and Local Government, said “according to reports received by the Port Department there was an explosion onboard a vessel carrying twelve persons, 10 Americans and 2 Bahamians, on a tour en route from Smith Creek, Stuart Manor. The explosion happened less than a mile from Smith Creek.  Subsequent to the explosion one American female was pronounced dead and six persons were airlifted to New Providence including a Bahamian. Additionally, four Americans were airlifted to Clearwater, Florida by the US Coast Guard, and one Bahamian is being treated in Exuma.”  Minister Campbell conveyed the profound sympathies of the Ministry of Transport and Local Government, the Port Department, and The Bahamas Maritime Authority to the victims of this incident and in particular to the husband and family of Malika Jackson, who lost her life.  Shortly after reports of the incident reached New Providence, said Minister Campbell, Captain Cyril Morley, Registered Port Inspector and Surveyor, traveled with police to begin investigations into the matter. The Minister advises the public that the investigation into the matter is underway including an investigation into the procedures followed by the Exuma office of the Port Department in respect of the operations of this company.  Minister Campbell is pictured addressing the press conference, along with Commander Raymond King, Port Controller (Actg.).

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