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Haitian and Jamaican nationals rescued at sea; five more still missing

Five people were reportedly still missing at sea after the boat they were traveling on capsized near Chub Cay on Saturday, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said.

According to the RBDF, the missing people are Haitian and Jamaican nationals.

The defense force said 12 people were rescued on Saturday, and there have been no new developments since. Those who were rescued reported that five people were missing.

“An ongoing search and rescue mission is underway for several Haitian and Jamaican nationals reportedly missing at sea by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Search and Rescue (SAR) Unit and Squadron Departments, the Royal Bahamas Police Marine Division and the United States Coast Guard,” the RBDF said in a statement.

The defense force said that on early Saturday morning, it received reports from the Nicholls Town, Andros, police station that a 27-foot vessel was taking on water nine miles south of Chub Cay in the Berry Islands. 

“…RBDF patrol craft P-127 coxswained by Chief Petty Officer Onassis Ferguson, was dispatched to the area to investigate,” it said.

“The search and rescue unit arrived on the scene at 5:20 a.m. to find the vessel partially submerged with several individuals in the water clinging to the vessel.

“Twelve persons were subsequently rescued with ongoing search efforts to find the remaining persons.

“In the meantime, the rescued migrants were transported to HMBS Coral Harbour to be processed and checked by medical personnel in advance of subsequent handover to police and immigration officials for further processing and investigation.”

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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