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‘She just drowned on me’ — Bahamas fisherman watched wife die in Hurricane Dorian

2019-09-06

Howard Armstrong said he was forced to watch helplessly as his wife drowned in front of him amid Hurricane Dorian. (CNN)

A Bahamas fisherman and his wife were fighting for their lives during Hurricane Dorian when the storm’s rising water trapped them in their home and killed one of them.

In an emotional interview with CNN on Tuesday, Howard Armstrong said he was forced to watch helplessly as the woman lost the fight and drowned in front of him during the catastrophic storm.

The shocking incident happened in Freeport, the main city on Grand Bahama, which was ravaged by the slow-moving hurricane this week.

“We were doing alright until the water kept coming up and all the appliances were going around the house like a washing machine,” Armstrong told the network, noting that the water was near the roof, about “21 feet at least.”

“My poor little wife got hypothermia and she was standing on top of the kitchen cabinet… and then I kept with her until she just drowned on me,” he said.

The crab fisherman said he eventually took a chance and swam to his boat outside. He told CNN he was still waiting for his wife’s body to be recovered.

As of Wednesday morning, the official death toll was still seven, but the final number was expected to be much larger as rescue crews continue to reach stricken areas.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called Dorian “one of the greatest national crises” in the country’s history.

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After flying over the island of Abaco on Tuesday, he described seeing “severe flooding, severe damage” to homes, businesses and other buildings.

“Parts of the island have been decimated by Hurricane #Dorian,” he wrote on Twitter.