The government has initiated the national disaster plan, after multiple people, including 25 tourists, were injured in a bus accident on South Eleuthera, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel, who confirmed that multiple victims will be airlifted for treatment.
Police said the accident happened around 11 a.m. in Rock Sound.
The Nassau Guardian understands that the bus overturned, but the circumstances of the accident remain unclear.
Police said a team of investigators were dispatched from Nassau to assist with the investigation.
Bethel, who addressed the matter in the Senate today, said a commercial bus was transporting cruise line passengers when the accident occurred.
“There have been some casualties, as yet no deaths, but there have been casualties,” he said.
“The minister of health and the minister of national security have… initiated the national disaster plan, so all resources are being allocated to swiftly send air ambulances to South Eleuthera to bring the injured persons who need hospitalized care to New Providence.
“The United States Coast Guard has landed several helicopters at Odyssey and are prepared to do what they have to do for their citizens who may require more complex interventions.
“So, I would just confirm this, but we also pray to the most high that nobody should perish and we hope that those who are suffering will be speedily relieved of pain and afflictions.”
Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said the national disaster plan is initiated whenever there are multiple injuries that require government and international intervention.
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