Coast Guard Suspends Search Efforts Off Bahamas

MIAMI – The Coast Guard suspended its search at 7:38 p.m. Tuesday for approximately 10 more people in the water about 15 miles northwest of Nassau, Bahamas.

Fourteen deceased Haitian migrants had been recovered, along with one Honduran and two Haitian survivors. The survivors were transferred to Bahamian custody.

One additional body was found Tuesday afternoon by a Royal Bahama Defence Force boat about 11 miles north of Nassau, bringing the death total to 15.

Around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, a crewmember from the sailing vessel Lady In Red heard people screaming in the sea. After searching for about an hour, they notified the Bahamian Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA).

Around 7 a.m. Sunday, BASRA personnel requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. This initiated a major search effort from the Coast Guard including rescue crews from cutters and multiple aircraft from as far as Clearwater, Fla. A combined area of more than 2,200 square miles of water was searched by Coast Guard crews between Sunday and Tuesday.

Also involved in the search were rescue crews from the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA), the Royal Bahama Defence Force (RBDF) and numerous good Samaritans.

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