Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Help us bring her body home' of hurricane victim appeals to Gov't

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.

The relatives of Trinidadian Melan June Salvary-Doyle, who was killed along with her three-year-old grandson during Hurricane Irma on French St Martin last Wednesday are pleading for assistance to bring her body back home.

Her sister, Patricia Doyle-Alexander, said her sister's children were young and needed help.

She said, “The children need some guidance. They cannot afford to bring her home. We would need some assistance. We really want to have my sister's funeral at home and we are appealing to the authorities for help.”

The bodies of 63-year-old Salvary-Doyle and her grandson Olivier were discovered on Sunday.

Relatives said the Salvary-Doyle and her grandson were swept away by flood waters which trying to escape their shelter which was torn apart.

Salvary-Doyle accompanied by St Martin-born Olivier arrived in that country three weeks ago. She had been caring for the child since birth and would frequently travel to St Martin where her daughter, Daphne Doyle, lived.

The bodies were battered and found close to each other. The authorities believe they both drowned in the flood waters.

Ministry extends condolences

The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs issued a release on Wednesday confirming the death of Trinidad-born Salvary-Doyle.

The ministry extended condolences to the woman's relatives, but did not state whether Government would assist in bringing her body back home.

“The Ministry has been advised that Ms. Salvary frequently visited her daughter who lives in St. Maarten. Unfortunately, Ms. Salvary died, during the hurricane, while attempting to relocate from the house at which she was staying. The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, takes this opportunity to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Milan Salvary,” the release stated.

The Express responded to the email seeking information on whether any assistance would be given to Salvary-Doyle's relatives.

There was no immediate response.