Report: 8-year-old boy first fatality from Hurricane Dorian

Boy drowned on Abaco Island, grandmother says

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

ABACO ISLAND - The death of an 8-year-old boy in the Bahamas is being reported by local news outlets in the Bahamas as the first fatality from Hurricane Dorian.

Local news outlets Eyewitness News and Bahamas Press first reported on the drowning of the boy, whose grandmother told Eyewitness News in the Bahamas that her grandson died on Abaco Island.

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Ingrid McIntosh said her daughter -- the boy's mother -- discovered the child's body. They believe he drowned in the rising waters.

"All I can say is that my daughter called from Abaco and said that her son -- my grandson -- is dead. That's it. I don't know what really happened. I think she said he drowned," McIntosh said.

Linda Diane Mackey, the Consul-General for the Bahamas in Miami, told Local 10 News reporter Trent Kelly that the boy's sister is missing but officials are hoping for the best.

She said assessment teams will be going to the area Monday and asked the public to keep the Bahamian people in their prayers. 

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