Former Barbados cricketer Shirley Clarke is now breathing a sigh of relief after getting word that his son Kyle Mayers will soon be on his way back home from Dominica.
Mayers, who travelled to Roseau last week to join the Windward Islands cricket team for a training session ahead of the West Indies Professional Cricket League, found himself trapped on the island as a category five Hurricane Maria bore down on Monday.
Up to yesterday Clarke was still in a state of worry as there was no word on his eldest son, two days after the passage of the storm, which devastated the nature isle.
“It’s a very uneasy feeling and I can’t wait to hear him. All now my head hurting me thinking about him. We are trying our best to reach him any way possible and to get him home,” Clarke had told Barbados TODAY on Wednesday.
However, tonight he was breathing much easier after hearing from his son earlier today.
“He’s hoping to leave tomorrow. I can’t confirm it, but he’s looking to leave tomorrow with the BDF [Barbados Defence Force],” a relieved Clarke told Barbados TODAY by telephone.
“Not knowing anything was hard, but knowing that he’s making progress makes me feel a lot better. It’s a lot easier and a heavy load off my chest. I am definitely relieved that he’s safe and sound, especially knowing that there were some deaths, so definitely relieved,” he said.
So far 15 deaths have been reported, with at least 20 other people reported missing and presumed dead.
While saddened by the loss of life, Clarke was grateful that his son survived the powerful storm, which battered Roseau with 160 mile per hour winds, ripping almost the entire country to shreds.
“I thank the Almighty that he’s safe and is on his way back home. I spoke to him today on Whatsapp and he’s doing ok, but he just wants to get from down there. It’s a lot of confusion and madness so it isn’t safe to be down there right now,” Clarke reported.