A DAD has told of his horror at watching the howling winds of hurricane Dorian sweep away his boy away after he threw him on to a roof to escape a shark in the flood waters.
Adrian Farrington was trying frantically to save his son in Murphy Town on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas.
He recalled how his five-year-old, Adrian Jr, was reaching up and calling out “Daddy” as the winds blew him away.
The 38-year-old told the Nassau Guardian: ‘I still could remember him reaching for me and calling, “Daddy,”
Adrian had thought his boy would be safer out of the water after spotting a shark beneath the waves so flung him onto a nearby roof.
He then tried to make his way to his son, Adrian Jr., but before he could sit down ‘to hold him,’ the hurricane ‘dragged him across the roof back into the surge.’
Adrian climbed up and fought through the wreckage to where he saw his son go under and then dived underwater to try to find his son but he had vanished.
He added: “I ain’t find nothing. I come back up. I hold my breath and I gone back down again.
“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.”
Adrian retold the harrowing tale from his hospital bed after breaking his leg in the carnage.
His tragic tale comes as Bahamanian officials revealed Dorian’s final death toll with be “staggering” as thousands are already listed as missing.
The 225mph monster storm effectively parked itself the archipelago’s Abaco Islands earlier this week bringing near-total devastation.
Homes left flattened by 225mph Hurricane Dorian are seen on Abaco, Bahamas[/caption]
The death toll officially sits at 30 but officials expected that to rise dramatically over the coming days.
Last night Health Minister Duane Sands warned of a “staggering” final number.
“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” he told local radio.
On social media thousands are still listed as missing as British and American rescue teams hunt through the rubble for survivors.
People are also using websites such as DorianPeopleSearch.com, which currently lists the names of more than 5,500 missing people.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, the site’s founder Vanessa Pritchard-Ansell said: “When you see that somebody has been found and their family knows where they are, you feel a moment of elation.”
“But you also know that there are so many thousands of others who have not been accounted for.”
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In grim development officials in the Bahamas have deployed a team of morticians loaded with body bags to the Abaco Islands, the BBC reports.
Chilling pictures taken there over the past 36 hours show the catastrophic damage caused to thousands of homes.
The wooden-built properties were completely shredded as the mega-storm bulldozed towns and villages, ripping up trees and felling power lines.
At least 30 people are reported to have died in the shocking mega-storm[/caption]
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