Haitians caught on Inagua coast
Over 90 people believed to be Haitian migrants were discovered on the coast of southern Inagua on Tuesday night, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said yesterday.
According to reports, shortly after 9 p.m., an Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos helicopter that was on patrol spotted a group of people in the area.
On closer inspection, authorities discovered a 30-foot wooden boat with 10 people on board.
The RBDF said checks along the coastline and nearby bushes “uncovered over 80 individuals believed to be Haitian migrants”.
“These individuals are currently being removed from the remote area in a joint effort by the Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces and transferred to the United States Coast Guard Cutter Diligence,” the RBDF said in its statement.
“The migrants will be taken to Matthew Town and handed over to immigration officials for further processing.”
This is the second major interdiction in less than a week. On Saturday, the RBDF intercepted 56 migrants near Deadman’s Cay, Long Island.
In recent weeks, more than two dozen Haitians were convicted of a variety of immigration violations and sent to the Bahamas Department of Correctional Services.