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More migrants picked up

Several more Haitian migrants were arrested yesterday following an illegal landing on Sunday near Venice Bay, not far from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour base, authorities said.

According to Captain Adrian Chriswell of the RBDF, more than 30 migrants were rounded up since Sunday’s landing.

The RBDF initially reported that 26 migrants were caught on Sunday. The sloop has since been destroyed, officials said.

Chriswell also confirmed that another 30 to 40 Haitian migrants were arrested in Savannah Sound, Eleuthera, on Thursday night after the defense force received reports of migrants on the beach.

They have since been handed over to immigration officials.

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, an empty Haitian sloop was found on the shoreline of Adelaide Village. The incidents last year raised concerns about the number of illegal migrants making it to The Bahamas.

The defense force said it has seized 13 vessels used for smuggling migrants since May 2017. More than 1,000 migrants have been apprehended during the same period, the RBDF said.



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