Coast Guard co-hosts the 6th Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit in Nassau

Coast Guard co-hosts the 6th Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit in Nassau
Multiple members from the Coast Guard Office of Maritime Law Enforcement, Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force take a moment for a group photo during the 6th Multilateral Maritime Interdiction and Prosecution Summit held Nassau, Bahamas Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo of Coast Guard Office of Maritime Law Enforcement MIAMI – The Coast Guard Office of Maritime...

Coast Guard medevacs 4 to Florida after boat explosion in Exuma, Bahamas

Coast Guard medevacs 4 to Florida after boat explosion in Exuma, Bahamas
An Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane medevacs four American citizens from Exuma, Bahamas, to Clearwater, Florida, June 30, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) CLEARWATER, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard assisted the Royal Bahamas Police Force Saturday, medevacing four American citizens to Florida after an explosion on a boat near Exuma, Bahamas. At...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing from aircraft emergency water landing

Coast Guard suspends search for missing from aircraft emergency water landing
Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered file photo. MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended their search at approximately 6:00 p.m. Friday for a missing pilot who made an emergency landing in the water 18 miles northwest off Freeport, Bahamas. Missing is Mark Tanner, 57, of Gainesville, Florida. Janna Lower, 60, also of Gainesville was rescued from the water by a good Samaritan seaplane and transferred by a Coast...

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....

Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver in Bahamas

Coast Guard suspends search for missing diver in Bahamas
MIAMI — The Coast Guard has suspended the search Wednesday, for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night. Missing is John E. Petty, 63, from Longview, Texas. Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were contacted by the captain of the commercial dive vessel Shear Water late Sunday night stating that Petty went...

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 interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos interdicts 1,700 pounds of marijuana
MIAMI – A task force attached to Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized approximately 1,700 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated wholesale value of $1.5 million, in the vicinity of North Nurse Cay, Bahamas, Thursday. This interdiction is a direct result of a coordinated response with OPBAT task force. “This seizure represents the second major drug interdiction by OPBAT in 3 weeks,”...

Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos seizes 1,220 pounds of marijuana in the Caribbean

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios MIAMI – On Wednesday August 28, a joint task force from Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) seized 1,220 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of $1.1 million in the vicinity of Andros Island, Bahamas. The OPBAT task force was comprised of elements from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard, the...

Coast Guard helps Royal Bahamas Police Force locate 10 overdue Bahamians

MIAMI – A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew assisted in the safe rescue of 10 people in the vicinity of Grand Bahamas Thursday. Coast Guard Seventh District Command Center watchstanders were notified by Royal Bahamas Defence Force that a 31-foot boat with nine adults and one child aboard was overdue after leaving Grand Bahamas and never arriving to Grand Cay, Bahamas, as planned. RBDF requested...