An 8-year-old boy from the Bahamas ended up tragically passing due to drowning amidst the wrath of hurricane Dorian. This tragedy makes the poor child the first victim of the most devastating storm to hit the Caribbean islands as of date.
Lachino Mcintosh, the child in question, unfortunately, died despite the family trying to move out from their home as the hurricane made its destructive way through Abaco island on Sunday, according to his grandmother, Ingrid Mcintosh.
“I spoke with my daughter from Abaco and my daughter said my grandson (is) dead, there ain’t nothing more I can tell you because I don’t know what really happened.”
Mcintosh tells reporters from Eyewitness news. She further said in the interview:
“I think they said he drowned. How am I supposed to feel, my grandson is dead….I saw him two days ago, he told me he loved me.”
The boy’s 31-year-old mother was the one who recovered Lachino’s body she also states.
First death recorded in Abaco following Hurrican Dorian passage on Abaco….
BP BREAKING| The first recorded death of Hurricane Dorian is now being confirmed. Seven year-old, Lachino Mcintosh, drowned after his family attempts to relocate their home. McIntosh's sister is missing pic.twitter.com/UQ99XPlBEa
— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) September 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Brings More Tragedy
Unfortunately, Lachino’s passing wasn’t the only bad news to come as reports also state that his sister is still missing. In an interview with Lachino’s grandmother she says:
“They have found her son but they cannot find her daughter.”
Poor telephone coverage has made it difficult to have any communication with her daughter, Ms. Mcintosh adds.
Lachino Mcintosh’s death is the first one confirmed since Dorian made landfall with sustained winds of 185mph. It began its destructive path across the Bahamas.
The devastating hurricane bore down on the islands with winds going up to 220 mph. Resulting in ripped roofs, overturned cars, fallen power lines and thousands of residents forced into evacuation in schools, churches, and other available shelters. Water levels continue to grow at an alarming rate making residents of Abaco island becoming more desperate.
Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, prime minister of the Bahamas, branded the hurricane a “monster storm” in an interview and added:
“This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life. We’re facing a hurricane… one that we’ve never seen in the history of the Bahamas.”