But before he could get on the roof to restrain Adrian Farrington Jr., a blast of the hurricane dragged the boy into the wave. It was the last time you saw it.
"I still remember that he was joining me and he was calling me," Daddy, "said his father in mourning at the local hospital newspaper in the capital of Nassau, where he is treating himself for his broken leg and arm.
As soon as the storm swallowed his son, Farrington crossed the debris and rushed to the other side of the roof, where Adrian had disappeared into the murky waters. He dived under water and reached inside with his hands, hoping to feel his skin or his clothes, he told the newspaper.
"I find nothing. I go back up. I hold my breath and go down again," he said. "All this time, people have brought my wife to safety and called me, but I don't want to go because I didn't want to leave my son."
After a tired search that produced no signs of the boy, he moved to higher ground. He said he hopes his son is found alive but fears the worst.
"What I saw when I lost it, anything could happen. Sharks swim in the water, anything can happen," he told the newspaper. "A 5-year-old child in that kind of research doesn't have many possibilities."
Officials in the Bahamas gave a reassuring prospect on Thursday, bringing body bags and coolers while hundreds are missing. Other doctors will also go to Abaco and other affected areas, said health minister Dr. Duane Sands.