31 Haitians caught off Ragged Isl.

Thirty-one Haitian migrants were captured on an uninhabited cay off Ragged Island in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) first apprehension of the year, the RBDF reported yesterday.

According to the report, the RBDF was alerted to suspected illegal migrants in the area and upon investigating found the migrants on the cay “in fair health”.

The HMBS L. L. Smith, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Shawn Adderley, made the discovery, the report noted.

The RBDF, in conjunction with members of the Ragged Island fishing community, is carrying out a further search of the cay and surrounding areas.

Yesterday, the RBDF also reported the apprehension of seven foreign nationals suspected of human smuggling on January 7 in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

That operation was led by Bahamas Immigration, the RBDF, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the United States Coast Guard, the RBDF said.

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