Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescues 6 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua

Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescues 6 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Garren carries a Haitian migrant woman in Little Inagua, July 28, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MIAMI – The Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) rescued six Haitian migrants Friday off Little Inagua, Bahamas. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); A fisherman contacted watchstanders...

Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescues 88 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua

Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescues 88 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed to Great Inagua, Bahamas, lands Friday, July 21, 2017 to assist 88 Haitian migrants off Little Inagua, Bahamas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) MIAMI – The Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) rescued 88 Haitian migrants Friday off Little Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter...

OPBAT – Beyond the drugs

OPBAT - Beyond the drugs
Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard base and runway on the island of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Sept. 28, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson At 3:30 a.m., earlier that morning, watch standers at the Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Operation Center, Nassau, received a call from the Great Inagua Police Department,...

Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters in Nassau

Coast Guard searching for overdue boaters in Nassau
MIAMI – The Coast Guard is searching Monday for three missing boaters in Nassau, Bahamas, who were last seen Saturday in Staniel Cay, Exuma. Missing are Julian Wallace, Tino Greenslade and Eugene. Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) received a request for assistance from The Royal Bahamas Defense Force Sunday after they received notification of the three overdue boaters who were reported...

Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas

Coast Guard assists in $2.5 million drug bust in the Bahamas
A Bahamian official offloads bales of marijuana in Nassau, Bahamas, Sept. 6, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 2,842 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over $2.5 million during three separate law enforcement operations in the Bahamas this past weekend. The OPBAT task force is comprised of elements...

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana

Coast Guard, partner agencies seize more than 5,000 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working under the direction of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, assisted in the seizure of 5,050 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $4.6 million Wednesday. While on routine patrol, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection maritime patrol aircraft located a 35-foot go-fast vessel transiting at a high rate of speed without navigation lights....

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti

Seven crewmembers rescued, 100-foot coastal freighter sinks near Cap Haitien, Haiti
MIAMI — Seven crewmembers were rescued after their 100-foot coastal freighter began taking on water and sank approximately 45 miles north off of Cap Haitien, Haiti, Friday. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 7th District command center in Miami received a report from a tug stating they heard a distress call from a vessel claiming to be taking on water off the coast of Great Inagua, Bahamas. A Coast...

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award

 Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos Officials Receive Joint Operations Interdiction Award
MIAMI— Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director for Supply Reduction Marilyn Quagliotti presented the United States Interdiction Coordinator (USIC) Award to Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Thursday. “Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos is an outstanding example of a partnership which employs existing capabilities to meet a wide range of demands,” said Deputy...

Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers

Multi-agency effort nets 853 lbs marijuana, 3 suspected smugglers
MIAMI — Coast Guard, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Royal Bahamian Police Force crews have interdicted three suspected smugglers off the coast of Andros Island, Bahamas, Wednesday. The suspects and more than 850 pounds of marijuana, worth a wholesale value of $773,671, were taken into custody following a three-day pursuit of a go-fast vessel across more...