RBDF calls off search of missing people

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) announced last night that it had called off the search for five people who went missing after the boat they were traveling on capsized near Chub Cay on Saturday.

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

“After some four days of canvassing an expansive area of waters around Chub Cay and the Berry Islands and based on wind and tide models, we have suspended search and rescue operations for the five persons reported missing at sea last weekend,” Commander William Sturrup, the defense force’s search and rescue coordinator, said in a statement.

“There were no signs of life or wreckage found during the helo overflights or vessel patrols in that area. The defense force is grateful to interagency partners and the United States Coast Guard for their support in this activity and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains poised to keeping Bahamian waters safe.”

The defense force said 12 people involved in the incident were rescued on Saturday.

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