RBDF Continues Search and Rescue for Haitian Nationals


Police and Immigration officials are continuing their investigations into this tragic loss of a number of undocumented Haitian nationals after their vessel sunk in waters off Abaco Island early Saturday morning.
Royal Bahamas Defence (RBDF) divers, along with local authorities and dive operators also continued their dive operations today in the area where the sunken vessel was spotted by a US Coast Guard aircraft six miles off the coast of Marsh Harbour on Sunday. However, there have
been no new developments.

The Haitian men and women were aboard a 40-foot conventional sailing yacht when it ran aground early Saturday morning outside the entrance of Marsh Harbour channel. The RBDF along with local authorities (Police and Immigration), a US Coast Guard aircraft, and boat operators rescued 17 Haitians and recovered bodies from nearby waters. The rescued persons and 28 bodies were subsequently transported to the clinic in Marsh Harbour for evaluation, and handed over to Immigration and police officials for further investigation.

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