Father has lost hope of finding son’s body

Adrian Farrington has lost hope.

Three weeks ago, the 39-year-old said he saw the fierce winds of Hurricane Dorian fling his son off the roof of a home and into the roaring storm surges that covered most of Abaco at the time.

It was the last time, he said, he saw his little boy.

“There’s no hope,” said Farrington, who is still hospitalized at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

“It’s [already] been a month. Ain’t nothing in Marsh Harbour. You see pictures of Marsh Harbour? You think a five-year-old could survive that?”

He added, “Miss, I [will] be honest with you, after three weeks there is no body. Maybe you could find skeletons…

“With all those people who gone missing, what’s there to say that is my son?”

On September 4, during an interview with The Nassau Guardian from his hospital room, Farrington recalled the harrowing events that led to his son, Adrian Farrington Jr., being swept off to sea during Hurricane Dorian – a monstrous Category 5 storm.

At the time, he said the water was “so high I could’ve taken my elbow and I could’ve put it on the roof to get up on the roof”.

“But before I could sit on the roof to hold him, the gust from the hurricane dragged him across the roof back into the surge on the next side,” Farrington said.

Yesterday, the grieving father appeared to have come to grips with the events of September 1, when Dorian thrashed Abaco.

“What happened, already happened,” Farrington said.

“I did everything to save my son and everything I tried, at the end, I just couldn’t. That’s something what I got to live with but it ain’t my fault that he ain’t here. I understand that I did everything in my power to try.”

He added, “I know where he’s at; he’s with the creator. All I’m focusing on right now is getting my life together, so when I see him again I can be where he is.”

After his son was swept off to sea, Farrington said he spent 11 hours trying to keep his head above water during the violent storm surge.

He said images of that night still haunt him.

“Being here, I be thinking about everything I saw during the storm,” Farrington said.

“Lives were lost in front of my eyes and I can’t sleep sometimes.”

Farrington plans to move to Cat Island to be with his sister once he’s discharged.

He said it is unlikely he will return to Abaco.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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