But before he could get up to the roof to hold Adrian Farrington Jr., a gust from the hurricane dragged the boy into the surge. That was the last time he saw him.
“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 his broken leg and arm.
As soon as the storm surge swallowed 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. You had sharks swimming in the water, anything could happen,” he told the paper. “A 5-year-old in that type of search, they don’t stand much a chance.”
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.