Man killed at sea, another missing after boat capsizes
A 50-year-old Haitian man was killed and another left missing at sea when the vessel they were traveling on with four other men capsized in rough waters off Abaco yesterday morning.
Police said the incident occurred around 11 a.m., after the Bahamian captain of the boat and five Haitian men left the C.J. Dock at Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
The men were reportedly en-route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on ‘Hideout’ – a 48-foot fishing vessel – when they hit rough water and overturned in the Man-O-War Channel about five miles east of North Abaco.
Police said three of the men surfaced after the boat capsized and were able to board a small sea raft.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) were notified, rescued the three men on the raft and conducted a search of the area.
The rescuers located another man and the body of the 50-year-old a short while later. The search for the missing man is expected to continue today.
Weather advisories over the past few days have warned boaters to operate cautiously as high winds produced choppy seas and large swells.
Head of NEMA, Captain Stephen Russell said that the weather system is expected to leave the area over the next few days.
Maxine Brown, the nurse in charge of the clinic in Marsh Harbour, said that all the survivors received minor injuries and were treated for exposure to salt water.
She said all of the men claimed that they live in the area but lost all their documents at sea.
They were later discharged.