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Unchecked Cargo and Pleasure boats barred from docking in sister islands; TCI Customs sets up boat examination centers



#TurksandCaicos – March 14, 2020 — Ships coming into the Turks and Caicos for business or pleasure must now check in at designated centers in Grand Turk and Providenciales first; no ships will be allowed to dock with passengers or cargo in the sister islands according to the Collector of Customs.

“As a result of the global concern in relation to the novel Coronavirus, (COVID-19) Pandemic, the Collector of Customs of the Turks and Caicos Islands Customs Department, hereby advises that with immediate effect, customs approved examination stations on the Islands of South Caicos and North Caicos, for the purposes of the loading and unloading of goods and the embarkation and disembarkation of passengers are suspended until further notice.”

It is not stated who will police the new procedure.

Magnetic Media is informed that local and international vessels must initially stop into the dock in Grand Turk or one of designated examination centers in Providenciales, including South Dock before proceeding to the other islands; specifically named are North Caicos and South Caicos.

The Customs notice did not name the new examination centers, nor did it mention how islanders would be able to ascertain if a boat has already passed through the new checkpoint.

The Turks and Caicos Minister of Health, Edwin Astwood,  in January confirmed that human capacity is stretched and informed that a Cabinet approved injection of $400,000 is partly allotted to new staff recruitment.

The new measure takes immediate effect, explained the Customs Department and the notice was issued overnight; another example of the fluidity of national rules and regulations in relation to the rampant global spread of the pandemic, coronavirus.

It is explained that, “No goods will be loaded and offloaded and no passenger allowed embarking and disembarking at Sandy Point, North Caicos, or Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos.”

Precise logistics were missing in the public notice issued last night, therefore it is unclear how this will affect the sailing and shipping industries which have had little time to prepare for this significant change.

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Traffic Death again, a woman dies and two others hospitalised



#TurksandCaicos, June 23, 2024 – Magnetic Media can inform that, yes there has been another traffic death in Providenciales and reports say it’s a woman who didn’t make it out of a three car smash up.

Almost, exactly 24 hours after a deadly collision was recorded in wee hours of Saturday morning came news, this morning, of a second death by motor vehicle accident.

“I can confirm the Police Control Room received a call during the early hours of this morning involving a serious accident on Leeward Highway. One person (female) died while others were rushed for medical treatment,” said Denyse Renne, media officer for the Royal TCI Police.

The Cheshire Hall Medical Center, which had already suspended visitation due to security concerns in the wake of four murders between Friday and Saturday in Provo, has restricted its Emergency Room to emergencies only.

TCI hospitals citing the unusually high demand for urgent medical care to multiple patients as the reason for the restriction.

While it is widely reported that the person who died in the traffic accident on Leeward Highway near Pratt’s Road is a female tourist, police say they’re investigating.

It’s been a total of six lives lost in startling incidents in the past day in Providenciales.  The tragic circumstances of the car accidents and sheer violence of the shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the country leaving residents utterly bewildered.

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Five Cays Shooting Death




June 22nd, 2024.

Homicide detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are actively investigating a murder in Five Cays, Providenciales.

Initial reports indicate that shortly after midday, the Police Control Room received several calls stating that gunshots were being heard in the area of the Community Center.

RT&CIPF officers responded to the given location and found the lifeless body of a male with what appeared to be gunshot wounds about the body.

The RT&CIPF is asking anyone with information that may help in this investigation to contact the closest police station, 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 to provide any information anonymously.

Additionally, individuals are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app to share information.

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Media Release

June 22nd, 2024.


Two occupants of an aircraft were rescued around 3:28 p.m. today (June 22) following an intensive sea search around Providenciales.

The occupants –two males- are currently receiving medical attention.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force can confirm that shortly after midday, the Air Tower received a report regarding an aircraft landing on water (ditching) approximately 11 miles from Northwest Point, Providenciales.

The aircraft had departed from the United States and experienced engine failure.

Having received reports of the incident, a Strategic Coordinating Group with representation from the RT&CIPF, the TCI Civil Aviation Authority, the Airport Authority, the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, and the Ministry of Health was activated to coordinate the search and rescue.

The group worked closely with partners from OpBat and received confirmation that a United States Coast Guard helicopter had successfully rescued the two persons after three hours.

The victims were brought ashore.

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Mat Newton said, “I wish to express my profound gratitude and acknowledge the invaluable support of our national and international partners.

“This successful rescue operation is a testament to our collective strength and coordination. With the full support from our US partners and the local marine community, I extend my heartfelt thanks to our OpBat partners and the crew of the US Coastguard helicopter, as well as the Marine Branch of the RT&CIPF, the staff of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), the Department of Fisheries and Resources Management, Caribbean Cruisin, and vessels from the TCI Search and Rescue Association.

“We are now in the process of initiating an investigation into the accident in close liaison with the Civil Aviation Authority.”

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