Eric David Shargel was alone.
The 48-year-old United States citizen and Dominica resident had just signed over guardianship of his 3-year-old son, Elijah, to a former teacher at Hunters College in New York so the boy could make it safely to the U.S. He hadn’t spoken to his other son, 14-year-old Naya, since Sep. 16. The following day, Hurricane Maria had made landfall in Dominica, devastating the island and severing all forms of communication. David suspected that Naya was stranded on the other side of the island, and he was not going to leave without him.
“Naya had gone to stay with his mother on the other side of the island a few weeks before the storm,” said Shargel. “The last time I spoke to Naya was the Saturday …