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Jamaican national among nine detained by Bahamian authorities

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 | 3:00 AM

NASSAU (CMC):

Bahamian authorities said they have detained nine people, including one Jamaican, on board an 18-foot vessel off the West End, Grand Bahama coast.

They said the nine people, including one Bahamian national and six from the Dominican Republic, were detained by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, P 129, on Monday.

"The Defence Force vessel was alerted by Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) officials to a vessel in distress off West End. The nine occupants were found aboard the vessel by Defence Force marines and subsequently taken into custody," according to an official statement.

It said that while the eight foreigners, including a Lithuanian national, would be interrogated by police and immigration officials, "the Bahamian national is expected to be charged with human smuggling".