‘The wind pulled the child from its mother’s arms’: Man recounts moment two-year-old was killed as Barbuda survivors say they used ropes to tether themselves when Irma struck like a ‘horror movie’

Friday, September 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

Volunteer Eli Fuller was one of the first people to arrive on Barbuda after storm
He said a woman told him a child was ‘pulled from her arms’ by powerful winds
Fuller broke down in tears as he told his sad story of the devastation on the island
Comes as others describe the hurricane as like ‘something out of a horror movie’

8 September 2017

A two-year-old child was killed in Barbuda after being snatched from a relative’s arms by Hurricane Irma’s 185mph winds, according to one of the first people to visit after the storm.

Eli Fuller, who is based in neighbouring Antigua, went to Barbuda with supplies for the devastated population after the storm hit.

But when he arrived, one of the first people he spoke to was an injured woman who had just had a child dragged out of her arms by the remorseless hurricane.

Speaking in a video posted on Facebook, Mr Fuller – who broke down in tears while relaying his experiences – said: ‘She came down to the dock, and she was wrapped up in bandages all over her face [which had] been busted in, and she says, ‘Yeah, you know, I was the lady who lost the child’.’

He explained that her roof had blown off her house during the savage storm.

Mr Fuller said it was particularly difficult for him to tell the story of a ‘child being pulled out their home’ because he has a five-year-old himself.

He added of the woman: ‘She had her arm around a post after the roof blew off and walls [were] caving in and she had her other arm around the child – and she says the wind just pulled the child out of her hands.

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