Plane crash

HEADED TO THE SCENE – Police were called to the West End Marina on Thursday, December 14 following the call of a plane crash eight miles off shore. Representatives from several law enforcement agencies boarded a vessel to assist in the search and rescue efforts. (Photos: Jenneva Russell)

A lone female survivor was rescued at sea and rushed to the trauma section of the Rand Memorial Hospital on Thursday (December 14, 2017) afternoon, following a plane crash a few miles off West End.

Shortly after being alerted of the crash, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Customs and United States Coast Guard officers as well as West End Clinic Medical Professionals and local fishermen gathered at the Old Bahama Bay Marina and began coordinating search and rescue plans to locate and aid victims.

Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Superintendent of Police Noel Curry, Officer-In-Charge of the West End Division, who traveled with the team to the scene updated media personnel upon return to Old Bahama Bay Marina.

According to RBPF Supt. Curry, “Approximately 11:42 a.m. Police Control Room, Freeport, GBI received information of an aircraft going down just off West End; immediately I led a team of officers and support staff to the location.

“We were grateful for the support received from persons throughout the West End community as well as the United States Coast Guard that assisted us. Once out to the location, we located a sea craft, which was not the vessel in question and spotted a lone female survivor of the crash aboard that sea craft.

“The survivor was assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard to the Freeport International Airport where she received further medical assistance.

“We conducted a grid search of the (suspected) crash area along with the U.S.Coast Guard; however, at this time we have yet to locate an exact area by which we can assign it as the official crash site.”

Presently, investigations are ongoing into the plane crash; however, this daily learned that the crash occurred nearly eight miles off the coast of West End and, RBPF Supt. Curry noted that initial reports indicate there were only two persons on-board the aircraft at the time of the unfortunate crash.
Police officials have deduced that the plane had departed the United States of America en route to one of the islands of The Bahamas. While there is no debris field which would assist in determining the size, make and model of the aircraft, sources close to this daily noted it was a small single engine plane. The lone survivor is believed to be Caucasian and appeared to be incoherent and traumatized by the ordeal.
A search continues to locate both the aircraft and the male occupant, who was also aboard the plane at the time of the crash, shared RBPF Supt. Curry, who stated updates would be provided to the public once investigations conclude.

Saddened by the news of the plane crash, Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe prayed for the families of both occupants of the downed aircraft.

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