Heroic act

Cox risks his life to save ‘trapped’ family from floodwaters

A Farm Road, St Peter man is being seen as a hero after he risked his life to save his family from a collapsing house caused by the floodwaters of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Richard Cox was at home in the early hours of this morning with his partner Melanie Vieira and their three children, Alanie Yearwood and Rimel and Ricardo Cox, completely oblivious to the dangers outside.

It was only when a neighbour alerted him to the rising waters that Cox sprang into action, making his way through five feet of water to borrow a rope from the neighbour so he could get his family to safety.

“My family were trapped in the house so my first thing was to get them out,” the hero dad said.

“I use some rope and I tied it around me to reach cross and pick up my son, and then my wife and daughter. My wife was stuck with the house . . . [going] totally down. I thought that everything was gone. It is the grace of God that helped me get she out safe. We got her to the next door neighbour and we saw so much water around the house I can’t believe.”

Richard Cox (right) and Melanie Vieira lost their home to Tropical Storm Harvey.

When Barbados TODAY visited the most affected parishes this morning, it was impossible to miss the damage Harvey had inflicted on the Cox household.

The force of the water had moved the house five to six feet from its foundation, carrying it with such power that the house struck another home, destroying the paling.

As Cox and Vieira sat outside the damaged house contemplating their next move, the small farmer told Barbados TODAY not only had he lost his home, he also lost an estimated $800 in livestock.

“I lost a lot of animals which include rabbits and two dogs. It real bad. All inside my house damaged real bad – beds, television, everything,” he said.

Having escaped with their lives, the St Peter family must now find somewhere to lay their heads

“The water was pulling me so if I didn’t tie on myself I would have gone which ever part the water was going, and that is in the sea. I am happy that I am alive, but my main important thing was getting the family out of the house. That was my main thing and by the grace of God He guided me through it.”

Meanwhile, as she recalled the experience, Vieira said she had no idea how close they were to a major tragedy until they got the call from their neighbour.

“I wasn’t sleeping. We were up during the night, so like after three we removed the car and then my neighbour, she is who called me and told me to look on the outside. So then when I look I saw the water rising . . . . The water was just coming in so then we opened the door and my son tried getting out. While going out he got into difficulties but he happened to get across next door.”

Moments later the house she called home for the last three years slid from its foundation.

“After my daughter saw my son she didn’t want to go but all we heard was ‘scrook, scrook’ and then is when the house shift. I feel it. Me and my daughter were standing at the door.

“It is when they were coming back for me that the water was rough and he [Cox] had to get the rope and tie it around me and brought me over from there,” she said, going on to state that they lost all her children’s school suppliers.  

5 Responses to Heroic act

  1. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce August 18, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Somtings r better leff unsaid

    Reply
  2. Kamilah Husbands
    Kamilah Husbands August 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Praise God!!!

    Reply
  3. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed August 18, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    i am willing to assist in anyway

    Reply
  4. Nicole Cornelius August 19, 2017 at 6:50 am

    God is good.
    I will give you a schoolbags for the kids

    Reply
  5. Chrisandra Smith August 19, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Thank God they didn’t lose their lives

    Reply

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