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Friday, July 23, 2021

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RBDF Finds T&C Fishermen After 8 Days Adrift

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued two nationals of Turks and Caicos, stranded at sea.

The fishermen were spotted off Great Inagua in a 27 ft fishing vessel, drifting approximately 7 miles west of the island.

A US Police patrol vessel and Defence Force Marines boarded the vessel to investigate.

The men said they were stranded at sea for 8 days after experiencing engine problems.

They are reported to be in fair health and were escorted to Matthew Town, to a medical facility to receive medical attention before being handed over to Immigration officials for further processing.

Turks and Caicos Fishermen rescued at Sea
Fishermen brought ashore for medical assistance after 8 days at sea. Photo credit: RBDF

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RBDF Lends a Helping Hand to Retired Officers Affected by Hardships of COVID-19

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force distributed bags of groceries to assist retired officers of the force and the families of marine officers who died.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Veterans Association teamed up with the force’s Veterans Affair Department to distribute over 100 parcels to provide relief to its members affected by the hardships of COVID-19.

RBDF Veterans Association assists Former Comrades
RBDF Photos: Able Seaman Fredrick Russell
RBDF Photos: Able Seaman Fredrick Russell

Spearheaded by President of the Veterans Association, Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Harold Bosfield said, “During these times of uncertainty, we thought it fitting to provide some relief of need, hardship or distress to our members.

“It is but a little gesture, but as a former member of the Defence Force, we are still one family.”

Commodore Raymond King commended the RBDF Veterans Association for their support to veterans and former comrades.

RBDF Rangers Clean Coral Harbour Community

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are giving back in the form of community service.

They offered assistance to the Coral Harbour community in a clean-up effort, trimming trees off the sidewalks and removing unwanted debris from the main Coral Harbour stretch.

Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Dwight Rolle said, “Overall, it was a great learning experience for the young Rangers. They were excited about grasping the concept of giving back to the community.”

The RBDF Rangers program consist of junior and senior high school students.

One Man Dead, 2 Marines Injured in Boat Crash Off Andros

One man was killed and two marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were injured in a boating accident in Andros on Monday night. One of the officers is in a comatose state.

What we know

  • The officers were in a private boat.
  • The 16 feet vessel hit a reef of Moxey Town, Andros around 8 pm.
  • The three men were ejected from the vessel, all men sustained injuries
  • The vessel was badly damaged, and two Marines were rescued by local fishermen, who transported them to the clinic in Mangrove Cay for medical treatment.
  • The other man who is a resident of Andros succumbed to his injuries.
  • The marines were airlifted to New Providence for treatment. One of them is alert but the other marine is unconscious.

What we don’t know

  • The identity of the men are not known

Police said they were notified of the incident after 12 midnight. They are investigating the matter further.

At Least Three Deaths Investigated for the Coronavirus

As rumours swirl surrounding the death of a marine officer, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan said three or four deaths are being investigated for COVID-19.

During the COVID-19 Update, Dr. McMillan said health officials face challenges in COVID-19 death classification.

“The difficulty is getting all of the information to determine whether  or not a case that was not outright a COVID-19, fits within that…on the death certificate if COVID19 will be the major cause that contributed to that death.”

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force issued condolences for Leading Mechanic Livingston Pratt, who passed away on Thursday. Now many are speculating that his death was related to COVID-19, as the number of cases among law enforcement officers climb.

Dr. McMillan said three cases in Grand Bahama had to be reviewed by officials and those cases were added to the dashboard for the total coronavirus deaths.

She said a committee is reviewing the contributing factors of the three additional deaths to concretize whether or not they were COVID-19 deaths or COVID19 associated deaths.

Last-week the Ministry of Health confirmed three additional COVID-19 related deaths. The total COVID deaths now stands at 14.