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2nd Annual BASRA Easter Egg Hunt on the Beach, April 9th - Apr 7, 2012 - 2:07:26 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Mark your calendar of a great family activity and important fundraiser for the 2nd Annual BASRA Easter Egg Hunt presented by the Grand Bahama branch of the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) set for Easter Monday, April 9, 2012 from 1:00pm until 6:00pm out at Banana Bay Beach between Fortune Cay and Banana Bay.
    
Same Location as last year, just past Fortune Cay before you get to Banana Bay Restaurant.

Great fun and over $3,000 in Prizes!
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BASRA Grand Bahama Report, January 2012 - Jan 31, 2012 - 11:16:07 AM

Nine people rescued at sea


On January 30, 2012 at approximately 5:18am BASRA GB Base received a call from Police control that a 26 foot center console with (6) six persons on board was stranded off of West End. The call came in from a concerned citizen in Nassau whom received an original call from the boat and that the cell phone on board had gone dead.

After notifying RBDF & OPBAT, BASRA GB then called West End Police Station in request to put a call out on VHF 16 for any vessel that may be in distress. At 6:18am BASRA GB received a call from OPBAT that they...
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(Photos) BASRA Supported during Halloween at Red Beard's Pub - Nov 10, 2011 - 9:01:12 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On October 28th Red Beard's Pub hosted the second annual BASRA Halloween Bash Costume Party to support the vital non-profit group that protects us in the surrounding waters off Grand Bahama. Entrance fees went entirely to the Bahama Air Sea Rescue Association (Grand Bahama Unit).  Ghouls to princesses, angels to aliens, they they were all out to support the cause and have fun on a night when anything goes! The signature costume, the "pirate" was most prevalent.

"BASRA Grand Bahama is pleased to once again be the recipient of Red Beard's Pub Charity Halloween Party, said Justin Snisky of BASRA. "It is because of people like Brian Bothom and his wife at Red Beard's that BASRA is able to stay afloat in this harsh economy. Their donation will be go towards our search and rescue efforts, and..."
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BASRA's Evening of Elegance, November 5th - Nov 4, 2011 - 10:55:49 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas - Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association ( BASRA) presents their annual "Evening of Elegance" to be held on Saturday, November 5th at Old Fort Bay Club starting at 7pm. Please support this important fundraiser.

Entertainment for dancing provided by the Long Island connection, The Last Quarter Band (with Tommy Goodwin)

In-House Raffle, Seafood Buffet, Carvery and Sushi with Wine included...
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BASRA Grand Bahama Rescue Reports for July and August, 2011 - Sep 9, 2011 - 11:18:23 AM

Grand Bahama, Bahamas -
For the month of July, BASRA had a total of 15 calls, 33 people assisted, 3 rescue boats called out, 2 plane searches, 3 assist from the USCG, 2 assist from RBDF, 5 commercial assists and 4 assists by good Samaritans.

For the month of August, BASRA had a total of 6 calls, 5 people assisted, 1 rescue boats called out, 1 plane search, 1 assist from USCG, 1 assist from RBDF and marine patrol, 0 commercial assists and 1 assist by Good Samaritan.

The following is there July and August, 2011 Report.
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41st Annual Bernie Butler Swim Race, Saturday, August 20th - Aug 19, 2011 - 12:23:14 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - The countdown is on for the 41st BASRA Bernie Butler Swim Race!

The Swim race starts at 10 am, Saturday, August 20th and the after-party gets going from 12noon until... This year's theme for the tent decorating contest is SHIPWRECK. There will be plenty of Sands, Woody's and WKD on sale. Along with Antoni's pizza and hamburgers and hotdogs.

The event takes place at Coral Beach. The Pre-Swim Meeting
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BASRA reports overnight activity as of July 18th - Jul 18, 2011 - 10:09:45 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama
- Over night Bahamas Air Sea and Rescue Association (BASRA) handled two cases. 1) 11:00 PM, July 17th a call from Hope Town Abaco that a 60 foot troller had broke mooring and washed into a dock at Lovers quarters. BASRA GB called BASRA Hope Town to assist. Winds report in excess of 40 MPH.

Case 2) 12:42 AM call from Obat that they received a Saturday phone call that a pleasure craft Patchy Fog had set off an E-Pirb and were aground with 4 people on board  (2 adults and 2 children) and were 12 miles south of Grand Cay. 1:25 AM boat is at anchor and ok until morning. 6:45 AM boat needs assistance, Ocean rescue and Recovery responding.
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BASRA Grand Bahama reports shark attack, boat fire and 3 stranded on a Whaler - Jul 14, 2011 - 4:51:06 PM

Freeport, Bahamas -
On July 13th  Around 12:30pm Basra received a distress call from the vessel Lady Joe that they had a man that had been bitten by a shark. His left arm was almost bitten off. Gary Simmons from BASRA also heard the call and responded immediately. BASRA base then called 911 and requested an ambulance to Port Lucaya. BASRA Base then went mobile to meet the ambulance. The injured Man was stabilized and moved to the awaiting ambulance. The crew reported that they were diving on shark junction with the proper dive flag erected, when a glass-bottom boat, Ocean View, came over them whilst chumming the waters...
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BASRA Boating Safety Public Meeting, June 22nd - Jun 21, 2011 - 11:20:33 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - BASRA Grand Bahama will host a Boating Safety Information Meeting open to all on Wednesday, June 22nd at the Hawksbill Yacht Club (Behind Cove House) at 7pm.

Come out and hear from professionals in the field speak about Float Plans, Equipment, Pre-check Procedures, Boat Maintenance, and more ...

Speakers: BASRA Grand Bahama;  Royal Bahamas Police Force Marine Division; and the  Royal Bahamas Defense Force
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BASRA Grand Bahama calls Boating Safety Meeting for June 22nd after fatal incident - Jun 16, 2011 - 9:10:38 AM

Freeport, The Bahamas -
BASRA Grand Bahama Rescue Report for June 3rd - 4th 2011 :

On Friday June 3rd 2011, approx. 6:15pm Basra received a call of a missing Person last seen on a jet ski. Ocean Motion’s owner had reported one of their operators was missing and his jet ski has been found just off shore running by itself in circles. BASRA then launched an immediate search. Gary Simmons (BASRA Rescue 3), Defense Force and Marine Patrol were notified and responded; there was also help from Basra Rescue 5 Colin Evans (personal Boat) and Ocean Motion was on scene with 4 jet skis and 3 boats. Good Samaritan Larry Lewis assisted with his para sailing boat in hopes of finding the lost Jet Ski Driver....

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April 2011 BASRA Grand Bahama Rescue Report‏ - May 4, 2011 - 8:52:11 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - Since 1960 the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association of Grand Bahama made its mandate to save persons in distress on the sea. Solely manned and operated by volunteers, BASRA has saved many lives and been involved in thousands of rescues. With the assistance of both the Bahamas Defense Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, BASRA Grand Bahama maintains a watchful eye on the Northern Bahamas seas.

Enclosed is their April 2011 Rescue Report...
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1st Annual BASRA Easter Egg Hunt - Apr 24, 2011 - 10:22:39 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The 1st annual BASRA Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Monday, April 25th at Banana Bay Beach from 10am to 1pm.

Easter Egg hunting for the entire family while you support the Bahamas Air Sea and Rescue Association (BASRA) of Grand Bahama! 

Ages: 0-4 (On the Sand);  Ages: 5-9 (Under the Sand);  Ages: 10 and up (Under the water)
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BASRA Grand Bahama Search and Rescue Report (April 12th Case): Overdue 17ft Whaler - Apr 15, 2011 - 11:45:36 AM

Bahamas Air Sea and Rescue Association (BASRA) Grand Bahama received a call via cell phone from a concerned parent reporting that his son and friends went out conching on board a 17 foot Boston Whaler and had not returned as yet. The Vessel departed West End, Grand Bahama on Tuesday, April 12,  2011 at approx 0800 hours. They were due in around 1600 (4pm) and failed to show.

At 2030 (8:30pm) BASRA received a report of the overdue vessel and began a Communication Search. Notifications to Mariners were put out though out the night asking any Vessels in the area or passing the area to keep a sharp look out of any sightings of the Overdue Vessel. Information on the vessel was as follows...
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(Photos) Results of the 40th Annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon - Aug 23, 2010 - 6:32:51 PM
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Grand Bahama Island - The 40th Annual Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon and Beach Party took place on August 21st at Coral Beach in Freeport.  Each summer the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association organizes this family favourite to raise funds. This year was deemed by those in attendance, and from organizers, as the best ever!

See PHOTOS of the event within. 
Maya Albury of Freeport came out 1st overall for the women, and Dustin Tynes, also of Freeport came out 1st overall for the men. 

Enclosed are the official Overall results from the marathon, and the results by Age Group are attached below...

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BASRA June Rescue Report - Jul 19, 2010 - 10:44:52 AM

For the month of June, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA) had a total of 13 calls, 22 people assisted - 5 people injured, 6 rescue boats called out, 3 assist from USCG, 2 assist from RBDF, 4 commercial assists, and 2 assists by others.  

On 6/1 at 6:40 am  

A Call came in from Ocean Rescue & Recovery (ORR) that a boat is aground at Sunrise Resort and Marina entrance with a diabetic woman on board that is not responsive. We then Contacted Justin Snisky who contacted Christine Snisky (One of BASRA’s Volunteer medics), who recommended an ambulance. The ambulance was met by BASRA personnel and directed to the boat ramp. The diabetic woman had an amputated toe and had her foot in a cast...

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May 2010 BASRA Grand Bahama Rescue Report‏ - Jun 30, 2010 - 8:30:54 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Since 1960 the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association of Grand Bahama made its mandate to save persons in distress on the sea. Solely manned and operated by volunteers, BASRA has saved many lives and been involved in thousands of rescues. With the assistance of both the Bahamas Defense Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, BASRA Grand Bahama maintains a watchful eye on the Northern Bahamas seas.

Enclosed is their May 2010 Rescue Report...
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BASRA rescues missing fisherman - May 10, 2010 - 1:30:39 PM

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Bimini, Bahamas - Friday morning Basra received reports of a vessel missing, the vessel left Dover sound Thursday 19 ft Boston whaler 200 Yamaha , two people on board . Talbert Johnston and Eliss Pinder, they were heading north to fish the banks or carters key area.

BASRA launch air searches as well as radio broadcasts for assistance locating the missing fisherman, we searched all Friday and sat morning finial located he missing boat 16 miles northwest of mangrove cay. Collin Rose and crew found the boat and missing men Saturday afternoon while the search airplane circulated overhead. The long 57 mile tow back was very expensive on gas. The men are reported doing fine and glad to be back home. The cost for the rescue is estimated at 3000.00 Remember BASRA is a volunteer organization who operates on donations and not government funding...

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BASRA rescues Frank Outten of Frank's Ice Cream from capsized vessel - Apr 21, 2010 - 12:11:35 PM
Freeport, Bahamas - On Saturday, April 17th at 9:00pm police received a   911   emergency   call from Frank Outten the owner of   Franks Ice Cream. His boat had capsized only 100 yards off shore   in front of Our Lucaya resort. Frank Outten and his passenger Steven Henfres were clinging to the side of the capsized boat.  

The pair were unable to swim to shore as they were tangled up in the fishing lines. Frank had a waterproof   cell phone   and was able to contact the police who in turn forwarded the information to BASRA.  Immediately 2 rescue boats were launched into the area Gary Simmons rushed out with his boat and   BASRA chairman Jamie Rose also had a boat ready to go close to Our Lucaya.  Police forwarded Outten's call to the BASRA base Search and Rescue Captain, Tom Christian, who  talked to Outten,   informing him of progress,  and calming him while he was in the water clinging to his boat.  

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BASRA Grand Bahama reports on activities and announces New Board - Apr 11, 2010 - 3:54:01 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On March 31, 2010, BASRA held its annual general meeting. The past board reported a lower number    of rescues due to the slower economy and cold weather. We answered 60 rescue calls , many resulting in at sea rescues, over 90 persons assisted with air/ boat search, commercial tow or only using VHF radios to find the boat and assist with local good Samaritans helping. There were three deaths in an airplane crash in Bimini.  

There were a few major rescues in 2009 where BASRA Search and Rescue personnel searched for 5 days to locate 7 persons lost at sea with no water or food. To complicate the rescue, it involved potential human smuggling of Haitians, which made obtaining the necessary information difficult. Extensive air searches by both BASRA and Coast Guard were employed, using up our most precious resource, money...

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BASRA Grand Bahama - October/November Rescue Report - Dec 8, 2009 - 2:08:03 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - Since 1960 the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association of Grand Bahama made its mandate to save persons in distress on the sea. Solely manned and operated by volunteers, BASRA has saved many lives and been involved in thousands of rescues. With the assistance of both the Bahamas Defense Force and the U.S. Coast Guard, BASRA Grand Bahama maintains a watchful eye on the Northern Bahamas seas.

Enclosed is their October Rescue Report...
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