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Rights Bahamas:Immigration Department admits to kidnapping
- Feb 18, 2019 - 8:57:56 PM
Despite their protests to the contrary, The Bahamas Department of
immigration has, in a release today, effectively admitted to kidnapping a
man in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.
Their excuse for stuffing this
individual into the trunk of a vehicle against his will is woefully
inept and holds no water...
RBDF Addresses Social Media Rumors
- Feb 18, 2019 - 8:51:35 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise the general public
that a video circulating on social media with an RBDF patrol craft
stopping a Haitian sloop is not a current video. That particular video
showing numerous Haitian nationals being transferred to the RBDF patrol
craft P-129 occurred a few years ago.
There have also been
reports of 3 Haitian sloops sighted off Great Inagua during the past few
days. These vessels were in fact registered Haitian cargo vessels with
appropriate documentation to engage in trade between Haiti and Inagua...
Rights Bahamas: Government applauded for halting deportations to Haiti
- Feb 18, 2019 - 7:07:08 PM
Rights Bahamas applauds the Bahamas Government for temporarily halting
the deportation of individuals to Haiti. In light of the unrest and
violence happening in in that country, the safety of those in our
custody must always come first. Closing the Bahamas Embassy and
recalling our diplomats and staff was likewise the right thing to do...
RBDF Apprehends Undocumented Migrants in Exuma Chains
- Feb 17, 2019 - 4:30:16 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended a Haitian smuggling vessel
west of Compass Cay in the central Exuma chain around 12:45 today. The
apprehension was the culmination of an interdiction effort coordinated
by the Defence Force involving the Royal Bahamas Police Force, OPBAT,
the US Coast Guard, and concerned citizens over several days.
interdiction operation was initiated after the Defence Force received
information concerning the whereabouts of a migrant smuggling vessel in
the southern Bahamas...
Rights Bahamas: Immigration kidnapping in Eleuthera, Bahamas
- Feb 17, 2019 - 3:39:34 PM
I and my colleagues were extremely disturbed by a video circulating on
social media of what looked to be the kidnapping of a man in broad
daylight by uniformed officers.
The officers, who appeared to be
wearing Bahamas Immigration Department uniforms, are seen forcing a man
towards an SUV. Another officer, standing at the back of the vehicle,
then pushes the victim in the trunk before closing it...
RBDF Marines Graduate from Close Range Combative System Training
- Feb 10, 2019 - 10:50:11 PM
Twelve (12) marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF)
Military Police and Force Protection (MPFP) Department recently
completed a three-week Close Range Combative Systems (CRCS) training
course at the Coral Harbour Base.
The rigorous program was in
keeping with the Commander Defence Force's intent to transform members
of the RBDF into a professional body of leaders, who set the standard of
excellence in guarding our heritage...
First Female Warrant Officer Retires
- Feb 10, 2019 - 6:02:42 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force said farewell to Force Chief Petty
Officer (FCPO) Idamae Ferguson after 33 years of committed service. FCPO
Ferguson was the first female in the Defence Force to attain the rate
of Warrant Officer after being promoted in 2017; a Warrant Officer is
the highest rate within the enlisted corps.
FCPO Ferguson gave
her final farewell on Parade immediately following Morning Colours (a
military flag raising ceremony held every morning at Coral Harbour
Base). She left Parade attendees with wise words of encouragement to
carry on throughout their careers...
RBDF: Another Body retrieved from Waters
- Feb 6, 2019 - 7:30:09 PM
Another body was retrieved from the waters in Abaco today as joint
efforts continue after a boat with Haitian nationals aboard ran aground
on Saturday past.
The body was located near
Man O’ War Cay on Wednesday afternoon by local boaters who are assisting
in the search and recovery efforts.
additional discovery now brings the count to 30, the number of Haitian
nationals who have perished when a 40-foot conventional sailing yacht
ran aground. ..
Bahamas Striping to invest in poultry farming operation
- Feb 6, 2019 - 12:30:03 AM
If The Bahamas is to ever meet its own 150 million-pound demand for
white meat, close co-operation between the government and the poultry
industry is vital, said the next big innovator readying itself to enter
the market, propelling the nation that much closer to food security.
Bahamas produces less than two per cent of the chicken it consumes
annually,” said Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) managing
director, Dr Allen Albury...
RBDF Continues Search an Resue for Haitian Nationals
- Feb 4, 2019 - 3:30:16 PM
Police and Immigration officials are continuing their investigations
into this tragic loss of a number of undocumented Haitian nationals
after their vessel sunk in waters off Abaco Island early Saturday
Royal Bahamas Defence (RBDF) divers, along with local
authorities and dive operators also continued their dive operations
today in the area where the sunken vessel was spottef by a US Coast
Guard aircraft six miles off the coast of Marsh Harbour on Sunday.
However, there have been no new developments...
Haitian Nationals Rescued on Cay off Abaco
- Feb 2, 2019 - 7:30:43 PM
A search is currently underway in a joint effort by local authorities
after a total of 15 Haitian nationals were rescued and another 4 were
found lifeless in waters near Man O War Cay at the entrance of Marsh
Harbour, central Abaco earlier this morning.
After the discovery
of the bodies in the water by local residents, the Police Fire and
Rescue Services, along with Immigration and Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) personnel stationed in Abaco conducted a search near Fowl Cay
and Man O War Cay. Officials were later joined in the search by an RBDF
patrol vessel already in the area...
Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty Reports Robust 2018 Residential Real Estate Market
- Jan 21, 2019 - 1:14:09 PM
According to Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, 2018 was another
healthy year for luxury residential real estate sales with the company’s
list price averaging $1.55 million and sales prices averaging $1.4
“Overall, 2018 was a strong year for sales with a slight
increase over the 2017 performance,” said Lana Rademaker, Chief
Brokerage Officer for the company, noting that there has been a
significant increase in demand for homes in the Family Islands. “Markets
like Hope Town, Harbour Island, Kamalame Cay...
Haitian Migrants Charged before Courts
- Jan 11, 2019 - 10:08:39 AM
Fifty-five (55) Haitian migrants were charged before the courts after
they were apprehended in waters off of Marsh Harbour during a joint
operation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Immigration and Defence
Force Officials last Thursday.
The migrants (45 males, 10
females), all pleaded guilty to illegal landing before Magistrate Cara
Turnquest on Monday. They are expected to be deported as soon as
Some of the migrants were apprehended aboard a
conventional sailing yacht near the entrance of Man O War Cay, Marsh
Haitian vessel apprehended in Bahamian waters
- Jan 5, 2019 - 11:45:25 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force air, land and sea operations in the
southern New Providence and Exuma chain areas have resulted in the
apprehension of a Haitian vessel shortly after 8 a.m. this morning.
vessel is in Defence Force custody and is being escorted to Coral
Harbour Base where they will be handed over to Immigration authorities
for further investigation. Total migrants on board are unknown at this
RBDF Apprehends 54 Haitian Migrants in Abaco
- Jan 3, 2019 - 10:20:17 PM
A joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas
Immigration Department and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force resulted in
the apprehension of 54 Haitian nationals in the Abacos on Thursday
Some 29 migrants were
apprehended aboard a conventional sailing yacht near the entrance of Man
O War Cay, Marsh Harbour, Abaco around 4:30 p.m. The 27 foot sailing
vessel was at anchor when authorities were alerted by local residents to
Haitian nationals being ferried ashore by a speed boat with an
additional 25 undocumented Haitians aboard...
RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants
- Dec 30, 2018 - 11:39:37 AM
A total of 124 Haitian migrants were apprehended early Sunday
morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force after they were discovered in
Sometime around 3:00 am,
Patrol Craft P-125 coxswained by Petty Officer Patrick Donald
intercepted a 40 – ft. sail sloop approximately 8 miles south of New
Providence. HMBS Rolly Gray, under the command of Lieutenant Commander
Stephen Rolle also assisted with the apprehension...
Joint Effort results in third Group of Foreign Fishermen in past two weeks
- Dec 23, 2018 - 12:01:55 PM
A joint effort by the US Coast Guard Operations Turks and Caicos
(OPBAT) and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on Saturday afternoon
has resulted in the apprehension of 4 Dominican fishermen in Bahamian
A US Coast Guard helicopter
operating out of Inagua under the OPBAT program reported the sighting of
a 20-ft small go-fast vessel southeast of Great Inagua to the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force in Inagua...
RBDF 2018 Marines of the Year
- Dec 20, 2018 - 2:49:36 PM
As a result of their hard work and dedication throughout the year, 3
Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were recipients of the
Marine of the Year Award in their respective categories at the Force’s
Under the Award program, each of the Forces 14
departments presents a Departmental Marine of the Year from among which
are selected the prestigious Livingstone Smith Marine of the Year Award
for the Leading, Able and Marine Seaman Rate categories. Leading Seaman
William Burns (Harbour Patrol Unit), Able Mechanic Joevonne Simmons
(Base Maintenance Team)...
Defence Force apprehends Second Group of Foreign Fishermen within a Week
- Dec 17, 2018 - 7:06:26 PM
For the second time within a week, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
(RBDF) apprehended another group of Dominican fishermen earlier this
morning for illegally operating in Bahamian waters.
two Dominican small go-fast type boats were apprehended at 11:00 am
just off North East Point, Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P- 128,
coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol.
Onboard were 7 Dominican fishermen along with several air compressors
and containers of gasoline...
Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts
- Dec 16, 2018 - 5:35:03 PM
Three days after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, 7 Dominican fishermen were charged before the courts on December
14, 2018 in New Providence for poaching in Bahamian waters.
RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle,
apprehended the 7 Dominicans aboard two small go-fast type boats
approximately 20 feet in length. The incident took place around noon on
Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua with
approximately 150 pounds of scaled fish and lobster on board...