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...

Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Police Force search for Haitian migrants in the water

MIAMI — The Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Police Force continue to search for survivors after 11 Haitian migrants reportedly died and four Haitian migrants survived when a their boat ran aground and broke apart near Hawksbill Bay, Bahamas Monday. The deceased were located and recovered through a joint search effort by the Coast Guard and RBPF. The four survivors were able to make their way to shore...

Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant and other agencies seize drugs in Great Inagua

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant, assisting Bahamas law enforcement officials, discovered 480 pounds of marijuana and assorted prescription drugs on board the motor vessel Issac which was apprehended on the Bahamian Island of Great Inagua April 4, 2012. At the request of the Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, cutter Vigilant’s boarding team conducted a joint...

Coast Guard suspends search for overboard cruise ship passenger off Palm Beach, Fla.

MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday evening for a 47-year-old women who went overboard off the cruise ship Bahamas Celebration during a transit from Freeport, Bahamas, to Palm Beach, Fla., early Wednesday. The search covered an area of 7,296 square miles, and spanned 84 hours. Search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Miami were notified by the captain of the cruise...

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer helps Bahamians locate more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine

MIAMI – Two law enforcement boarding teams from the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer assisted Royal Bahamas Police Force officials and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents Thursday in locating 1,777 pounds of cocaine hidden within two Haitian-flagged vessels.