Pris­on­ers caught af­ter Irma es­cape

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MORE than 100 pris­on­ers have been cap­tured af­ter es­cap­ing from a jail on the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The gover­nor of the is­lands said the pris­on­ers of Bal­sam Ghut prison, in Tor­tola, had been cap­tured on Thurs­day.

It fol­lowed an op­er­a­tion by Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­land and Cay­man Is­land po­lice of­fi­cers, along­side the Bri­tish Royal Marines and po­lice.

Gus Jaspert, the gover­nor of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, said: “The gov­ern­ment of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands is ex­tremely grate­ful to the po­lice and mil­i­tary per­son­nel for their tire­less ef­forts, which have re­sulted in a thor­ough and ex­tremely suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion.

“I ex­tend our grat­i­tude to the UK and Cay­man Is­land govern­ments.”

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