Mother with Hawaii ties heartbroken after son swept away in CA floodwaters

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Mother with Hawaii ties heartbroken after son swept away in CA floodwaters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The search for a 5-year-old boy taken from his mother by California floods entered its fifth day Friday.

Hawaii News Now has now learned the boy’s family has ties to the islands.

Lindsy Doan is Kyle Doan’s mother. She was born and raised on Oahu and lived most of her childhood in Hawaii before her family moved to California in the late 90s, right before she started high school.

She revealed that Kyle was their “Rainbow baby” as she had two previous miscarriages.

Doan was driving Kyle to school in San Miguel on Monday morning when a torrent of water engulfed their car off San Marcus Road.

“When I hit it, I realized the water was too high and my car started moving to the left side,” she said.

Water filled their car and Lindsy tried to get out safely with her son.

She says he knew something was wrong but managed to stay calm and follow her instructions.

“He was in the back seat in his booster seat and he said, ‘Mommy’s okay. Everything will be fine. Just be calm.’ So he was trying to calm me down just because he knew there was an emergency,” Doan said.

The currents were too strong and Kyle was swept away.

Bystanders heard Lindsy’s screams for help and tried to jump in. They were able to rescue Lindsay, but Kyle was unreachable.

“And when they pulled me over, I was like, ‘You know, my baby, I don’t know where she is. I have no idea where he went,” she said.

“I keep telling everybody, if I could switch countries with him, I would. I totally would because I don’t want to think that my child suffered going down the river and that I could have done something else to change the circumstances,” she added.

Over the past week, over 200 rescuers and volunteers searched the area for any sign of the child. They worked quickly ahead of another predicted round of severe weather.

“I feel like I’m out of tears at this point, just because it’s been a really long week,” Doan said.

“It all goes over my head, over and over again like a nightmare, trying to figure out what I could have done differently that would have prevented him from going here.”

The couple say they are very grateful for all the support and help they have received. Unfortunately, there has been no sign of him since the search began.

“We’ve been so overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support, and people wanting to come out and search the river, the county sheriffs, their team has been amazing,” said Kyle’s father, Brian Doan.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid rescue efforts. They say volunteers have been providing bees with food and taking care of daily tasks so they can focus on finding Kyle.

“A lot of people have asked, ‘What do you want, what do you need?’ And I just need Kyle. That’s all I need is that I need Kyle. I don’t want anything else, I just want Kyle,” Lindsy said.

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