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. A fisherman contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard’s 7th District Command Center at 7:15 p.m. and reported the migrants were...

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 Cutter Vigilant returns home after a successful migrant interdiction and Windward Passage Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant returns home after a successful migrant interdiction and Windward Passage Patrol
A cutter boat from the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant prepares to transfer migrants Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 in the Caribbean Sea.  U.S. Coast Guard photo PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The crew of the 210-foot Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant returned to their homeport of Port Canaveral, Florida, Thursday, following an 8-week, migrant interdiction patrol in the Florida Straits and Caribbean Sea. During the patrol,...

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...

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...

Coast Guard, Turks and Caicos rescue crews assist 55 Haitians in water

Coast Guard, Turks and Caicos rescue crews assist 55 Haitians in water
MIAMI — Approximately 55 Haitians are being rescued by Coast Guard and Turks and Caicos rescue crews, 100 meters off the South Dock in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, Wednesday. Approximately 55 Haitian migrants fell into the water Wednesday morning when their overloaded sail freighter capsized off the coast of Providenciales. The incident was reported from Turks and Caicos police to Coast Guard...

Coast Guard assists approximately 100 Haitians clinging to capsized sail freighter

Coast Guard assists approximately 100 Haitians clinging to capsized sail freighter
MIAMI — At least 10 Haitian migrants are reported dead and approximately 100 are being rescued by Coast Guard and Royal Bahamian Defense Force rescue crews 15 nautical miles southwest of Staniel Cay, Bahamas, Tuesday. More than 100 Haitian migrants fell into the water Monday night when their overloaded sail freighter grounded and capsized off coast of Staniel Cay. The incident was reported by...

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana

MIAMI — A joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 3,150 pounds of marijuana with an estimated wholesale value of over $3 million in the vicinity of Hatchet Point on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas, Thursday. The OPBAT task force was comprised of elements from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Bahamas Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU),...

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes $2 million in marijuana

Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos seizes $2 million in marijuana
Miami — Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Bahamian Police Force Drug Enforcement Unit and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), located 67 bales of marijuana on Little Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas, Friday. The seizure is the second in a week and is a direct result of coordinated U.S. and Bahamian counter-narcotics...