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124 Haitian migrants  apprehended

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 124 Haitian migrants in waters eight miles south of New Providence yesterday.

The RBDF said the apprehension took place around 3 a.m., after a 40-foot sloop was intercepted.

Of those migrants found on the vessel, 107 were males and 17 were females.

The RBDF said those individuals have been turned over to immigration officials for further questioning.

The force came under fire several times in the last year following illegal landings in southwest New Providence.

There were serious concerns about the force’s ability to stop migrants from walking through the proverbial front door.

Over 120 migrants were aboard the 40-foot sloop intercepted in waters off New Providence.

In February, authorities discovered a wooden sloop near Marshall Road, leading to the arrest of 25 Haitian migrants. In December 2017, a Haitian sloop made landfall three nautical miles west of the base.

In November 2017, an empty Haitian sloop was found on the shoreline of Adelaide Village.

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Sloan Smith

Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas. Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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