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a566: Bahamas Defence Force finds another group of Haitians (fwd)

From: Daniel Schweissing <dan_schweissing@hotmail.com>

Defence Force find another group of Hatians

  Released Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at 10:42 am EST by LaKeisha McSweeney

  Defence Force find another group of Hatians


  Guardian Staff Reporter

  Forty-seven more Haitians were nabbed by the Royal Bahamian Defence Force
yesterday while trying
  to enter The Bahamas illegally.

  The 36 men, eight women and three children were intercepted by the
soldiers who were on routine
  patrol on the vessel HMBS P-43 eight miles west of Hall Pond Cay, in the
Exumas. This was the fourth
  time for the year that Haitians were caught trying to come here.

  According to a release sent from the Defence Force, officers boarded the
28-ft sunken vessel and made
  the arrest shortly after 9 a.m.

  The Haitians, who were transferred to another vessel, the P-43, arrived at
HMBS Coral Harbour Base
  on Tuesday afternoon and were turned over to Immigration officials.

  This new group brings the total number of Haitians captured so far this
year to 414. The first group of
  237 was captured on January 3.

  Just last week the second group of 93 Haitians were apprehended. During
their capture and rescue
  from the sunken sloop, four other Haitian women.

  A day later, Defence Force divers retrieved the bodies of ten more
Haitians - seven males and three
  females who were apparently trapped in the sunken vessel.

  Last Friday, 37 Haitians were captured in the vicinity of Nassau Harbour
attempting to enter the
  country without proper documentation.

  The total number of Haitians captured by the Defence Force so far this
year is 535.

  Copyright (c) 2001 by Nassau Guardian

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