Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trini woman dies with grandson during Hurricane Irma...*

Swept away by storm surge

IRMA'S VICTIMS: Melan June Salvary-Doyle and her three-year-old grandson Olivier Robert-Gedio. Melan and Olivier drowned in flood waters in St Maarten following Hurricane Irma last Wednesday.

A Trinidadian woman and her three-year-old grandson were killed during Hurricane Irma's assault on French St Martin last Wednesday as they tried to escape while their shelter was torn apart around them.
They were swept away by raging flood waters.
The bodies of 64-year-old Melan June Salvary-Doyle and little Olivier Robert Doyle-Gedio were discovered by a clean-up crew in a flooded area four days later.

Salvary-Doyle of San Fernando went to St Martin three weeks ago, one of many regular visits where she stayed with her daughter, Olivier's mother, and assists with caring for her grandchildren.

She was accompanied from Trinidad by St Martin-born Olivier, whom she had cared for in Trinidad almost from birth.

Information reaching the family is that the home in which the pair were staying was being ripped apart by the merciless winds of Category Five Hurricane Irma, for which the hurricane set an Atlantic record.
Salvary-Doyle, clutching Olivier, joined others in the home in trying to make it through the hurricane to a nearby house.

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