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, officially Commonwealth of the Bahamas, independent nation (2005 est. pop. 301,800), 4,403 sq mi (11,404 sq km), in the Atlantic Ocean, consisting of some 700 islands and islets and about 2,400 cays, beginning c.50 mi (80 km) off SE Florida and extending c.
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In a statement Saturday, officials said an airplane and helicopter crews had searched an area covering 931 square nautical miles northeast of Mayaguana, Bahamas.
Specifically, the expedition collected 739 numbers on Cat Island, Exuma Cays, Watling Island, Jumentos Cays, Castle Island, Mayaguana Island, and Caicos Islands.
The islands of Bahamas cover a swath of over 400 nautical miles from Bimini, the closest point to Florida, to Mayaguana, whose latitude is south of Havana, Cuba.
This is exactly what Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater crewmembers did when their MH-60T Jayhawk, CG6021, was forced to perform a precautionary landing on the southern shore of Mayaguana Island, Bahamas, just three feet from the water's edge.
In a related development, the Bahamas CAD has awarded ARC a contract to supply solar lighting solutions to five Family Islands airports: Stella Maris, Rum Cay, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Fresh Creek.
Currently open are airports on Inagua, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, San Salvador, Exuma, Bimini, Andros, Marsh Harbour Airport on Abaco, and Governor's Harbour and North Eleuthera, on Eleuthera.
The agency said at least 40 homes were badly damaged on the island of Mayaguana.
Someone's roof is in my front yard," Harvey Roberts, an assistant administrator on the sparsely populated southeast Bahamas island of Mayaguana, told reporters on Wednesday, saying "tremendous winds" were lashing homes and buildings there.
And on the Caicos-to-Nassau program, passengers visit beaches from Mayaguana to Plana Cays, which some say was the first landfall of Christopher Columbus in the New World.
Mark filmed for two weeks on the secluded eastern Bahamas island Mayaguana, which has a population of around 300 people.
Telephones lines on the southern islands of Abaco, Mayaguana and Acklins were lost.
3GHz frequency range to BTC subscribers on the Family Islands of Acklins, Crooked Island and Mayaguana, said Leon Williams, COO and senior V.