RBDF coordinates Search and Rescue Mission for Missing Boaters


An ongoing search and rescue mission is underway by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Search and Rescue Unit, the Royal Bahamas Police Marine Division, BASRA, Unites States Air Force, and United States Coast Guard, for missing individuals who are unaccounted for after their vessel capsized in waters in off Grand Bahama.

Shortly before 9:00 am Friday, June 11, officials from Operations Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) receive information that a 24- ft. vessel had capsized in waters 5.65 nautical miles off Memory Rock, in the northern Bahamas. Commander William Sturrup, Search and Rescue Coordinator confirmed that shortly after being informed, Royal Bahamas Defence Force assets were deployed to assist in the rescue operation.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force assets on scene recovered a total of seven (7) Haitians nationals were rescued from the capsized vessel, along with two (2) deceased individuals. An ongoing search for the other remaining boaters is currently being conducted.