One hundred and seventy-seven Haitians were arrested about 30 miles south of Inagua Wednesday evening, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said yesterday.
Authorities said shortly after 6:30 p.m. a motorized wooden vessel smuggling undocumented migrants was destroyed after the execution of a joint operation between Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) HELO, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter, a USCG aircraft and two RBDF patrol craft.
Information on the illegal vessel was issued by the United States Coast Guard, according to authorities.
Authorities said the vessel was monitored and later intercepted.
The vessel was destroyed after inspection, due to its unsanitary and unseaworthy status.
All migrants will be repatriated to Haiti by the USCG Cutter, according to the RBDF.