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Woman drowns as boat runs aground

NASSAU — One woman drowned this morning after the Haitian sloop she was on ran aground in southern New Providence.

Authorities believe she was in her late 20s.

Dozens more Haitian migrants are now in custody.

According to authorities, Royal Bahamas Defence Force and immigration officers received reports that a Haitian sloop had come ashore in the South Beach area.

The RBDF dispatched two vessels and officers confirmed the sloop had run aground and that they were searching for more migrants.

About a dozen Haitians were apprehended in the area of the Sea Breeze Canal and dozens more in the South Beach area.

Authorities also confirmed there were 79 illegal migrants in custody this afternoon, including six children – three boys and three girls – and 20 women.

RBDF officials said the migrants were badly dehydrated and seven of the group are listed in critical condition at the Princess Margaret Hospital. (Nassau Guardian)

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