Report: Parents save children during Irma’s terror by lying on top of them (video)

One family caught by Hurricane Irma on the British Virgin Islands says they are “lucky to be alive,” and relate how they prevented their young children from falling victim to the storm.

Sasha Joyce, 34, her husband, Brenden, 44, and their children, Keiran, 4, and Aiden, 2, were on the island of Tortola, staying with Sasha’s father at his home. According to the family, they recognized that the oncoming storm would be devastating.

As the storm ravaged the island, they sheltered together in the home. While the winds of up to 100 miles per hour battered the structure, Sasha and the other adults lay atop the children to protect them.

The home had been prepared for the storm, shuttered up and ready, according to Clare Parker, a relative that lives in London. She reports that when the storm ended, the family exited the room they were in and found “the eye wall of the tornado had ripped the concrete house apart.”

Miraculously, the only room that survived the devastating storm was the one they were in, a back bedroom.

“They walked out of there alive, which is miraculous and we are so grateful… They are feeling lucky to be alive,” Parker said.

Another relative, Brenden’s sister Frances Joyce, said she’d spoken to her brother since the ordeal they faced. “The first time he phoned, he phoned me in tears and said ‘we’re alive, there’s nothing else’.”

“He is really worried about food and shelter, and worried about how it’s going to pan out,” she said, referring to her brother who works as a marina manager at Nanny Cay. “They have two little boys as well, so they are trying to keep them calm.”

Parker reports that island inhabitants are in need of aid, including food and generators.

Irma has hit the Virgin Islands hard, according to reports of widespread damage, with the British Virgin Islands said to have “born the brunt”.

According to the Telegraph:

“After arriving at the British Virgin Islands, navy sources said Royal Marines had found ‘devastation.’ The naval source added: ‘The islands haven’t escaped and it’s pretty grim out there.’

Hundreds more British troops are heading to Caribbean and the Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean has been ordered to the region.”

The storm has been the cause of at least 24 deaths, the latest reports indicate, with four people believed to have died on the British Virgin Islands.

The UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, said the Government will offer aid to the region, and that the support will include a focus on long-term rebuilding. The island will need to first contend with another hurricane, Jose, which is also headed that way and may cause further damage.

Hurricane Jose was recently upgraded to category four storm as it travels through the Atlantic.

The following video shows the horrifying devastation that has torn across the island of Tortola. The person who originally shared the video, Everton Powell, also posted another video on his Facebook page, that shows additional damage.

 

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