Adrian Farrington put his son up on a roof to save him from the sharks that were swimming around them, but a gust of wind took him away.
A father who tragically witnessed his five-year-old son being washed away in a powerful storm surge brought about by Hurricane Dorian has opened up about the tragedy. He said he's holding onto the hope that his young boy is still alive. According to Nassau Guardian, Adrian Farrington, 38, was desperately trying to keep himself and his son, Adrian Farrington Jr., safe and afloat after he fractured his leg while he was trying to swim them to safety as the torrential waters had consumed their home on Abaco Island in the northwestern Bahamas this week.
He said the water was so high he could have "taken my elbow and I could've put it on the roof to get up on the roof." He noticed that there were some fins in the water around them. After having spent almost an hour in the unsafe waters, Farrington put his son atop the roof of a house, hoping that it would prove safer than the murky waters. My leg was numb, but I was still trying to stay afloat with my son. After about an hour of treading water and bleeding, I noticed…some fins swimming along the houses.
I have a 4 year old boy - I feel your pain my deepest deepest condolences. I will be contributing to the Bahamas Relief fund. They will need a lot of help.— willie (@villewilliams) September 5, 2019
He added that his son was scared and he just kept crying. “I keep telling him, ‘Don’t cry. Close your month. Don’t cry. Keep breathing. Don’t cry. Close your mouth,’” he said. But before he could sit on the roof to hold the boy, "a gust of wind from the hurricane dragged him across the roof and back into the surge on the other side." Farrington added, “I still could remember him reaching for me and calling me, ‘Daddy.’”
I’m so so sorry. I can’t imagine how horrible this must be.— Bill (@boatbumlife) September 5, 2019
A panicked father quickly pushed the debris aside and rushed to get to the other side where his son had fallen, but in the brief time that it took for him to get there, his son had already disappeared. Even when he went underwater, he couldn't see anything. “I was like feeling to see if I could feel some kind of cloth, some kind of clothes, some kind of skin, flesh, tennis, something,” he said while fighting back tears.
My mom had a literal breakdown this morning hearing this and i dont know how to respond to such a tragedy 😭— Empress of $$$ (@queen_renee242) September 5, 2019
“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.” When he was asked if he believed his son would be rescued, he said, “If he [is] rescued, I praise the lord. But for the surge, what I saw when I lose him, anything could happen. You had sharks swimming in the water, anything could happen.”
I don’t know how this guy is able to function. Devastating.— Socratesphilosopher (@Nevergiveupfam) September 6, 2019
But after a tiring search yielded no signs of Adrian, he had no choice but to move to higher ground. Farrington found safe ground in a church, but even that was short-lived. The walls of the building collapsed, and while the 38-year-old managed to escape, several others weren't so lucky. He said he "watched like 12 to 15" people die in less than an hour. He bore the brunt of the storm for the rest of the night and then he had to be carried to a local hospital the next morning.
This; is beyond heartbreaking.— Shelly/Autism mom♥️🧩♥️ (@ShellyKennisto1) September 5, 2019
From there, he was flown to Nassau and transported to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH), where he is being treated for lacerations on his hand and two fractured bones in his right leg. Describing Murphy Town after Dorian, Farrington said, “I watched the surge push homes off the foundation.” He added, “What the surge didn’t destroy, the winds destroyed.”
As his leg bled and sharks circled, Adrian Farrington said he desperately searched for his five year old son, who disappeared beneath murky waters after a storm surge carried his frail body off the top of a roof, where the father and son had sought refuge 🎥 Rossano Deal pic.twitter.com/EBjyn4oAnG— Nassau Guardian (@GuardianNassau) September 5, 2019
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