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Man survived Dorian in mangroves off Grand Cay

Wilfred Burrows, center, speaks with Progressive Liberal Party Deputy Leader Chester Cooper on Walker’s Cay yesterday. TRAVIS CARTWRIGHT-CARROLL

WALKER’S CAY, Abaco — Wilfred Burrows and his brother Lennox rode out Hurricane Dorian and its ferocious 220-mile-per-hour winds on a fishing boat anchored in the mangroves near Grand Cay, Abaco.

The brothers were on a fishing trip near Walker’s Cay when relatives called and warned them about Hurricane Dorian.

Burrows, 48, said he decided to ride out Dorian in the mangroves because they were safe.

“I’m from North Andros, Lowe Sound,” he said yesterday on the airstrip of Walker’s Cay.

“My brother and I do fishing around these parts.

“That moment there, when we heard about the hurricane, when my wife told me, we were low on fuel.

“We were basically stuck. We couldn’t move.”

The wind was terrible, Burrows said, but there was no debris flying.

He said the wind threatened to rip the plexiglass off his brother’s boat.

The pair stayed in the mangroves for three or four days, he said. When it moved on, they continued fishing.

“I trying to be able to finish work to go back,” he said.

“I can’t go with nothing. Fish for everything.

“I’m trying to finish our trip.”

Burrows hasn’t spoken to any of his relatives since the storm because his phone doesn’t have any service.

The Nassau Guardian promised to call his wife, Georgeann, and let her know that he’s alive.

When contacted yesterday, Georgeann Burrows said her spirit is finally at peace.

“I went to prayer meeting this morning at 5 a.m. to pray,” she said.

“My pastor told me that by the end of the day I would hear from him.”

The Guardian said, “I would imagine when you see him you’d hug, kiss and slap him.”

Burrows retorted, “I’m going to slap him first.”

She then erupted into laughter. 

So far, the government said at least 50 people died as a result of the storm.

Dorian, a dangerous Category 5 storm, moved over Abaco and Grand Bahama more than a week ago. It packed storm winds up to 220 miles per hour and storm surges of 20 feet.

It leveled portions of Abaco and East Grand Bahama.

Wilfred Burrows said he’s only alive because of God.

When asked his thoughts about the death toll, Burrows said, “First thing gone in my mind, no doubt, that one of those people could have been me, because if God did want me to be in a residential area, he would have put me in that predicament.

“But he chose for me to be in the wilderness, in the wild, maybe to save me.”

Asked about putting his life on the line, Burrows said, “My brother, the only thing I can tell you is, ‘Thank God for everything.’

“But, anything that you do could be life [or death]. You [could] go out in the road and the car hit you down and kill you. It’s just life.

“I appreciate that God brought me through the storm.”

Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Assistant Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018.
Education: College of The Bahamas, English

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