By | January 17, 2021

The operation was commanded and coordinated by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Control Room.

As the operation unfolded, several key agencies were placed on standby as the scale of the rescue and the number of people involved became clear. This included the Immigration Department, Ministry of Health, The Cheshire Hall Medical Centre, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies and the TCI Regiment.

Over several hours, those rescued were placed on vessels provided by the RTCIPF, DECR and a private citizen.

The rescue operation was made difficult due to the reef itself, the position and precarious condition of the boat and the prevailing sea conditions.It is believed that the boat originated from Haiti. The persons on board are suspected irregular migrants.135 males and 24 females are currently in the custody of the Immigration Department.

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