The Cajun Navy

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Americans helping other people in distress.

:USA

KATY, Tex. — As soon as Jordy Bloodsworth saw the images of Texans wading through Hurricane Harvey’s gushing floodwaters, he borrowed his buddy’s brand new Chevy truck, hitched his 18-foot fishing boat to the back and took off from his home in Baton Rouge.

Bloodsworth was just 12 years old when Hurricane Katrina dumped 14 feet of water on his family’s home as the storm surged over the levee. They lost every photo, every cent.

What he gained, though, was a deep motivation to help his brethren in Texas during this week’s historic deluge.


He’s part of a group that’s known here as the “Cajun Navy,” a volunteer online grass-roots effort that, along with the “Cajun Coast Search and Rescue Team,” roared into Pasadena, Tex., on Sunday. They came in high-clearance pickup trucks with bass boats and pirogues like the Cajun Calvary, ready to help search and rescue efforts alongside first responders who were inundated with thousands of calls across the region.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/cajun-navy-races-from-louisiana-to-texas-using-boats-to-pay-it-forward/2017/08/28/1a010c8a-8c1f-11e7-84c0-02cc069f2c37_story.html?utm_term=.059e7910a1fc
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  • YnotjaxYnotjax Posts: 182 Deckhand
    And getting shot at by looters..how sad

    http://www.wdsu.com/article/cajun-navy-members-met-with-gunfire-by-apparent-looters-in-texas-group-says/12109436

    Members of the Cajun Navy, a group of Louisianians helping Tropical Storm Harvey victims in Texas, were shot at Monday by apparent looters, the group said on Facebook.

    The Cajun Navy has become widely known across the state for its response efforts during natural disasters. The group previously provided assistance to Louisianians during last year's historic August floods.

    A group of rescuers are in Texas already and more are expected to be on the way. Those who have arrived have brought their own boats to aid in the rescue efforts.

    But now it appears the group is currently standing down after an apparent incident with some looters sometime Monday in Texas.

    WDSU Digital Team

    HOUSTON —
    Members of the Cajun Navy, a group of Louisianians helping Tropical Storm Harvey victims in Texas, were shot at Monday by apparent looters, the group said on Facebook.

    The Cajun Navy has become widely known across the state for its response efforts during natural disasters. The group previously provided assistance to Louisianians during last year's historic August floods.

    A group of rescuers are in Texas already and more are expected to be on the way. Those who have arrived have brought their own boats to aid in the rescue efforts.

    But now it appears the group is currently standing down after an apparent incident with some looters sometime Monday in Texas.


    One of the group's members in a Facebook post that has since been deleted said that looters decided to pose as people needing help and attempted to overtake the group's boats. The group said shots were fired at the boats during the incident.

    "Clyde and the other team members and teams are all safe," the group said on Facebook. "I repeat, they are all safe."

    The group believes the looters may have not wanted it to perform rescues. The group also said it is currently "on stand-down" pending a new strategic plan.

    Cajun Navy member Clyde Cain told CNN that one of the group's boats broke down, and while the crew sought shelter in a delivery truck, people tried to steal the inoperable boat.

    "They're making it difficult for us to rescue them," he said. "You have people rushing the boat. Everyone wants to get in at the same time. They're panicking. Water is rising."

    Cain spoke about the apparent incident with the looters.

    "We have boats being shot at if we're not picking everybody up. We're having to pull out for a minute. We're dropping an air boat right now to go rescue a couple of our boats that broke, and they're kind of under attack," he said.

    The group has not released additional information.

    More information about the group can be found on Facebook.

    This is a developing story. Stay with WDSU.com for updates.
  • IndigoIndigo Posts: 969 Officer
    The Cajun Navy may have to head back east to take care of thier own...
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    That Cajun navy take any weaponry with them?
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,678 AG
    Menzies wrote: »
    That Cajun navy take any weaponry with them?

    Not that I have read about. It seems that they have taken upon themselves to help.
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,457 Admiral
    Cajun? Sounds racist.

    Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk

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  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 3,638 Captain
    It's nice to have a break from getting everyone being called racist, priveledged, white, .....

    Who would've ever thought that Americans were capable of expressing real humanity
    We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, and that ends President Trump
  • mustang190mustang190 Posts: 10,104 AG
    Looks like about everyone with a boat thats not been damaged is helping. Saw a guy with a 23' Pathfinder with about 10 people in it.(even dropped the power pole!).
    2013 Pathfinder 22 TE , 150 Yamaha,
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,330 AG
    Read on another forum:

    "Yes. Several hundred boats from the Cajun Navy departed Louisiana last night in a group escorted by Louisiana and Texas state police. They arrived in Houston this morning.

    LSU plays (supposed to) their first game in Houston Saturday.


    Dem coonasses will go to da game by boat not to miss a game."

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • FLATS BROKEFLATS BROKE Posts: 2,060 Captain
    You don't see any rainbow flags or ANTIFA flags helping the victims. Instead they would rather protest.
  • nuevowavonuevowavo Posts: 6,610 Admin
    Baits Out wrote: »
    Read on another forum:


    LSU plays (supposed to) their first game in Houston Saturday.



    Game moved to the Superdome in New Orleans.
    Federales, bring my baby back to me!
  • MenziesMenzies Posts: 19,289 AG
    You don't see any rainbow flags or ANTIFA flags helping the victims. Instead they would rather protest.

    So while the people of south east Texas are pulling together regardless of color, creed, or sex, you decide to use the disaster to be divisive.

    Good job.
    Maybe if we tell people that the brain is an App, they will start using it.
  • DOCKSIDEDOCKSIDE Posts: 1,804 Captain
    Menzies wrote: »
    So while the people of south east Texas are pulling together regardless of color, creed, or sex, you decide to use the disaster to be divisive.

    Good job.
    but very true....
    somewhere south of disorder and on earth... mostly .
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  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 8,457 Admiral
    Checks URL

    Yeah, pretty sure FS doesn't have quite the reach for creating divisiveness that you speak of.

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  • FLATS BROKEFLATS BROKE Posts: 2,060 Captain
    Menzies wrote: »
    So while the people of south east Texas are pulling together regardless of color, creed, or sex, you decide to use the disaster to be divisive.

    Good job.

    Just observing a fact.
  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 27,678 AG
    Just observing a fact.

    Storm Front was shut down, who sent you that pic?
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  • FLATS BROKEFLATS BROKE Posts: 2,060 Captain
    There is a ton of rescue pictures going around from the Cajun Navy. Bunch of bugees, airboats, john boats, bass boats, making rescues. Just do a quick search. Won't be hard to find...
  • sk018sk018 Posts: 2,952 Captain
    Some liberals allegedly shot at the Cajun Navy. They dindu nuffin wrong tho
  • Tug Boat BobTug Boat Bob Posts: 2,570 Captain
    Texas has had their own navy for quite a while;

    https://texasnavy.org/
    "Great lives never go out, they go on."
    Benjamin Harrison 1833-1901
    23rd President of the United States, 1889-1893
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,330 AG
    nuevowavo wrote: »
    Game moved to the Superdome in New Orleans.

    Ooooooooooooooookay.

    And the way this storm is moving, how is the weather gonna be there in four days?

    Our first game, against Michigan, on the same day is in Arlington, TX. Haven't yet
    looked up that location on the map, or the projected weather forecast?

    GO GATORS!

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • DemereDemere Posts: 1,464 Officer
    I spend a few days every year in Venice La (annual tuna fishing trip) and have come to know a few Cajuns. Great folks. With all they've been through they have a strong "we've got your back" mentality. They know what it is suffer and help and be helped. Makes me so proud to see what decent, everyday folks, can and will do for complete strangers when needed. Proves to me a lot of the stuff people get so riled up about is nonsense. What gets the Cajun Navy motivated is doing good for those in need. Great folks, great job!
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,330 AG
    Demere wrote: »
    I spend a few days every year in Venice La (annual tuna fishing trip) and have come to know a few Cajuns. Great folks. With all they've been through they have a strong "we've got your back" mentality. They know what it is suffer and help and be helped. Makes me so proud to see what decent, everyday folks, can and will do for complete strangers when needed. Proves to me a lot of the stuff people get so riled up about is nonsense. What gets the Cajun Navy motivated is doing good for those in need. Great folks, great job!

    WELL SAID!

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 13,203 AG
    Demere wrote: »
    I spend a few days every year in Venice La (annual tuna fishing trip) and have come to know a few Cajuns. Great folks. With all they've been through they have a strong "we've got your back" mentality. They know what it is suffer and help and be helped. Makes me so proud to see what decent, everyday folks, can and will do for complete strangers when needed. Proves to me a lot of the stuff people get so riled up about is nonsense. What gets the Cajun Navy motivated is doing good for those in need. Great folks, great job!

    Agree!

    Then you have thugs looting, stealing and shooting at the people trying to help them. Just when you think you've seen it all.....
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
  • Baits OutBaits Out Posts: 12,330 AG
    micci_man wrote: »
    Agree!

    Then you have thugs looting, stealing and shooting at the people trying to help them. Just when you think you've seen it all.....

    I say shoot them in the act and let them stay where they fell
    as a warning to other brothers with similar intentions.

    A southeast Florida laid back beach bum and volunteer bikini assessor who lives on island time. 
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 13,203 AG
    Baits Out wrote: »
    I say shoot them in the act and let them stay where they fell
    as a warning to other brothers with similar intentions.

    Works for me.
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
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