Over the weekend, nearly 1,500 evacuees arrived in Palm Beach, Florida aboard the Grand Celebration humanitarian cruise ship. They are all properly documented to enter the country, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said.
But on Sunday, another story.
Entin told CNN he was traveling on a Balearic ferry from Freeport to Fort Lauderdale when the announcement was made on Sunday. His video shows families with children coming down the court. One woman told Entin that 1
"CBP was notified of a ship preparing to board an unknown number of passengers in Freeport and requested that the ship's operator coordinate with US and Bahamian government officials in Nassau before leaving the Bahamas," a CBP release said on Sunday.
"Anyone who arrives in the United States from another country must be presented with a CBP officer for verification at a CBP official port of entry. All persons must have valid ID and travel documents," the agency said. "CBP is conducting a pre-clearing operation in Nassau. CBP is committed to performing its duties with professionalism and efficiency – facilitating legitimate international travel and trade."
"CBP relies on transportation companies, both in the air and in the maritime environment, to be committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all persons who have been devastated by this tragedy and which requires transparent communication and planning of adequate resources for receiving any arrivals, "the CBP statement said.
It was not immediately clear what the required documents were for Bahamas by boat.
Search and rescue operations continue
By Friday, the Coast Guard had rescued over 230 people from the islands.
Those who have survived the storm carry with them terrifying tales of survival: breaking through rooftops or swimming boats to try to release violent waters. Some report missing family members, while others recall watching friends and neighbors drown in the storm.
Local authorities believe there are people buried under the rubble, but they cannot know how or when they will be able to reach
The search and rescue staff who arrived with the carcasses of dogs in Abaco Islands brought bags and coolers to store human remains, said Joy Jibrilou, director general of the Ministry of Tourism and aviation in the country.
Marsh Harbor, the largest city in Abakos, was one of the hardest hit. The truck delivered at least two bodies in a makeshift morgue on Saturday. Mortics told CNN that the difficulties of reaching the dead delayed their work.
Authorities said the current death toll could increase as search and rescue operations begin and they sift through the remains. In the hardest hit areas of Grand Bahamas and the Abak Islands, entire neighborhoods were cleared, trees and pillars fell and boats scattered.
The public must be prepared for "unimaginable information on deaths and human suffering," Health Minister Dwayne Sands told Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.
Jeremy Grisham, Alex G, Holly Silverman, and Artemis Moschagian Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.