Freeport, Bahamas – On July 13th Around 12:30pm Basra received a distress call from the vessel Lady Joe that they had a man that had been bitten by a shark. His left arm was almost bitten off. Gary Simmons from BASRA also heard the call and responded immediately. BASRA base then called 911 and requested an ambulance to Port Lucaya. BASRA Base then went mobile to meet the ambulance. The injured Man was stabilized and moved to the awaiting ambulance. The crew reported that they were diving on shark junction with the proper dive flag erected, when a glass-bottom boat, Ocean View, came over them whilst chumming the waters. The glass-bottom boat’s crew were yelled at many times that divers were in the water, but to no avail.
On July, 11th at 5:44PM A Plane flying to Bimini spotted a boat on fire and called Freeport control tower whom then called BASRA. The last known Location 26.22.034- 79.03.278, and that the Boat was totally engulfed, 5 Persons were in the water hanging on to the collar and 2 with life jackets. Gary Simmons from BASRA was notified and he himself launched. Another plane stayed over the location and continued to report that the people were now floating westerly and away from the boat. BASRA then notified RBDF, Marine Patrol and OBAT at.6:22 Freeport Harbour Control reported to BASRA that Discovery Sun was 2 miles away and was headed to them.6:38 PM Discovery was on site launching their life boat. 6:46PM 6 POB rescued with 1st and 2nd degree burns. Gary Simmons arrived on site but Discovery said they would take them to Florida. Reported that they had a Cuban, 3 Jamaicans and 2 Haitians. Notified OBAT and they said a Cutter would intercept and remove the 6 for investigation.
On July 11th at 8:48pm A call from West End police came in that they had a call from a lady, that she got a broken call from Family member that he and 3 people were on a 17 foot Whaler 1 mile behind Sandy Cay and were broken down. BASRA then called many people on the Volunteers Search & Rescue list for West End but could get anyone to assist. Finally Nathin Moody at Old Bahama Bay and a police officer went out at 10:00 pm. They then reported to BASRA that they found them at 11:50 pm, and they arrived back at 2am all safe.