Friday, February 21, 2020

He put his son on a roof to keep him safe after the hurricane. A storm surge swept away the 5-year-old

SourceCNN

(CNN) Adrian Farrington struggled to keep his 5-year-old son afloat after Hurricane Dorian hit their home on Abaco Island in northwestern Bahamas. They clung to each other, surrounded by surging waves and floating piles of debris.

After an hour of wading in the water with his fractured leg, Farrington, 38, told the Nassau Guardian he grabbed his son and put him on top of a roof to protect him from flooding and the dangers lurking in the water. He implored the boy to close his mouth, stop crying and keep breathing, he said.

But before he could climb up to join Adrian Farrington Jr., a gust from the hurricane dragged the boy into the surge. That was the last time he saw him, he said.

“I still could remember him reaching for me and calling me, ‘Daddy,”” the grieving father told the paper at the local hospital in the capital of Nassau, where he’s getting treatment for broken bones.

He jumped underwater to save his son

As soon as the surge took his son, Farrington pushed through debris and rushed to the other side of the roof, where Adrian had vanished into the murky waters. He dove underwater and reached in with his hands, hoping to feel his skin or clothes, he told the paper.

“I ain’t find nothing. I come back up. I hold my breath and I gone back down again,” he said. ” All this time, people carried my wife to safety and they calling me, but I ain’t want to go because I didn’t want to leave my son.”

After a weary search that yielded no signs of the boy, he moved to higher ground. He said he hopes his son is found alive but fears the worst.

“What I saw when I lose him, anything could happen,” he told the paper. “A 5-year-old in that type of search, they don’t stand much a chance.”

Rescue crews are scouring the waters searching for survivors after one of the most intense storms to hit the Caribbean flattened homes and washed away neighborhoods, killing at least 30 people in the Bahamas.

Officials in the Bahamas gave a sobering outlook Thursday, bringing in body bags and coolers as hundreds remain missing. Additional morticians are also going to Abaco and other affected areas, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said.

12 COMMENTS

  1. God be with you sir .. you did your very best. However the weather conditions was more than you could have handled.πŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎπŸ™πŸΎ

  2. So heart broken over this story. May God bless you and your family and take away the burden you now carry.

  3. The extraordinary stories of tragedy and survival coming out of the Bahamas has tested Human resilience to its core. I wish the People of the Bahamas receive courage to come through this most difficult and trying time of their history. The English Language has failed me in finding the words to express my deepest sympathies. Such loss.

  4. Awah e. As if dat story too sad to post wah! !!.I shuda never read it chooops.

  5. Dear people of the Bahamas do not loose your faith in your CREATOR. He knows what he is doing. I cried for you to see the horror you went through. The might thing is all of you did not died. He kept some of you alive. Have faith and trust in Him with all your heart. He said in the end of time the isles of the seas will flee away. Let all nations repent and turn to ALMIGHTY FATHER with all their hearts and black people get to know who you are. You are the children of Abraham Isaac and Jacob as written in the Holy Scriptures the Holy Bible. It is your history Book. You are the children of Israel from your father Jacob who after wrestling with the Angel God Almighty said to him your name shall no more be called JACOB but ISRAEL who was the grand son of Abraham. Therefore black people in the western world and where ever you are God Almighty is making you know that you are ISRALITES WHO WERE TAKEN INTO CAPTIVITY AND MSDE SLAVES. NOW THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS WAKING YOU UP AND CALLING YOU OUT OF YOUR CAPTIVITY AND TO REMEMBER THE COVENANT WHICH HE MADE WITH YOU AND YOU ANCESTORS ABRAHAM ISAAC AND JACOB. WHICH IS TO KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND HIS LAW AND STATUES WHICH HE GAVE TO MOSES ON MOUNT SINAI IN THE WILDERNESS. MAY THE BLESSING OF THE ALMIGHTY GOD BE UPON YOU AND COMFORT YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS TIME OF SADNESS AND BEREAVEMENT.

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