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The ‘Cajun Navy’ Has Descended On Houston, For Higher Or Worse

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The so-called Cajun Navy, a free conglomerate of volunteer boat rescuers that first got here collectively within the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was ultimately credited with saving some 10,000 folks from the following floods. Twelve years later, teams calling themselves the Cajun Navy are in Texas within the wake of Hurricane Harvey. It’s protected to say it’s been a bit rougher going.

Let’s begin with one thing that’s unequivocally good: In accordance with The Occasions-Picayune, three males who recognized with the Cajun Navy discovered a girl floating face down in water on Monday. What they did subsequent was heroic.


“We jumped out and obtained her and gave her compressions proper there within the water. We had been holding her from behind,” one of many males, Joshua Lincoln, advised The Occasions-Picayune. The lady, recognized as Wilma Ellis, 73, ultimately got here to, moist and disoriented however alive.

“We obtained her again to security, and that’s that,” Lincoln later advised CNN.

Which is nice! However sooner or later within the midst of all of that taking place, there was hassle elsewhere, with a Cajun Navy organizer named Clyde Cain telling CNN some disturbing allegations: that some volunteers had been shot at whereas attempting to assist.


Which is terrible, if true! Virtually instantly although, on Twitter no less than, folks expressed their skepticism that it had occurred in any respect, with Cain later taking to Fb reside to make clear “the info,” which primarily consisted of looters in varied guises afoot, he claimed, along with the taking pictures. Sure, the taking pictures occurred, Cain insisted, however, no, nobody had been shot, regardless of rumors on the contrary (which he sparked by occurring CNN within the first place.)

“Nobody really obtained shot. They shot on the boats. I’m undecided if they really shot at it, or up within the air, however, pictures had been fired,” he mentioned, earlier than occurring accountable CNN for any misconceptions. “I used to name it ‘utterly damaging information.’”

(Cain is an organizer on the Louisiana Cajun Navy, which has over 180,000 likes on Fb, however is completely different from Cajun Navy 2016, which has over 93,000 likes on Fb, and issued an announcement Tuesday disavowing themselves of Cain’s taking pictures declare.)

Finally, after Cain’s preliminary interview, and his Fb clarification, authorities advised the Related Press that they’d acquired no studies of pictures being fired involving the Cajun Navy, suggesting that the taking pictures may not have even occurred in any respect. Did it? We’ll in all probability by no means know, although it’s honest to say that Cain, for one, ought to in all probability cease speaking about it, since his interview with CNN and subsequent Fb reside submit appeared to solely add gasoline to the chaos on the bottom, in a state of affairs the place some folks in all probability have already got itchy set off fingers.

“We obtained lots of people eager to know if we will deliver our weapons down there,” Cain mentioned on Fb, earlier than including, not solely reassuringly, “We’re right here to rescue folks, not shoot anyone.”

Officers, in the meantime, mentioned that law enforcement officials had accomplished over 2,000 rescue missions over the weekend, and The New York Occasions mentioned Tuesday that over 30,000 folks had been in shelters, with rescues persevering with and 12,000 Nationwide Guardsmen activated. The professionals, in different phrases, stay onerous at work.

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