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Bodies found in Ragged Island chain

Defense and police force officers were in the Ragged Island chain investigating the discovery of three bodies washed ashore — two on Double Breasted Cay on Friday and another on a nearby cay — authorities reported on the weekend.

This comes after 31 migrants were discovered between Maycock Cay and Double Breast Cay after their vessel reportedly capsized.

They were subsequently rescued by HMBS L. L. Smith, arriving in the capital on Tuesday.

The group reportedly left Haiti on January 10 with varying reports that they capsized around January 13 and survived on the cay for five days.

All migrants rescued appeared to be in good health and required no further medical attention, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBPF) said in a statement.

It said migrants told investigators there were more people unaccounted for, including another five females, but could not provide a definite total of how many people left Port-de-Paix, Haiti.

Hence, both the RBDF air assets, along with OPBAT air support, combed the area with negative sightings of the reported capsized vessel or debris.

Three days later, a tourist anchored in the area reported sighting a dead body at Double Breast Cay around noon, and another body just over an hour later.

RBPF assets in the area were alerted and sent to investigate and report their findings.

Another body was also found in the vicinity on Hog Cay near Double Breast Cay by locals who reported this to officials of HMBS Madeira.

Officials said they will continue to probe the matter, searching the surrounding areas for further survivors.

Members of the public are advised to call in any sightings to the RBDF Operations Center at 242-826-3117.

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