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Cajun Navy and other Texas boat rescue heroes of Hurricane Harvey (Updated September 5)

by Lisa Suhay - August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey produced a record rainfall of over 51.88 inches and with that came devastating flooding. Official rescue efforts by The National Guard, U.S. Coast Guard and local officals are being supplimented by hundreds of selfless boaters from Texas and Louisiana. This is where we celebrate them in images.

These photos have been culled from the civilians via their Facebook and Twitter streams as well as other social media and news streams.

We will continue to update this gallery in the coming days. If you have a photo and story to share please email [email protected].

Orange, Texas - Pararescuemen (Above) from the 58th Rescue Squadron rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 30, 2017, Orange, Texas. The 347th and 563d Rescue Groups from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, Nellis AFB, Nevada, and Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, sent rescue boat teams to Orange County, and the surrounding areas in support of Federal Emergency Management Agency during Hurricane Harvey disaster response efforts

Some of the volunteer boat rescues in Texas were being coördinated on a walkie-talkie app called Zello. Trapped people unable to get through to a 911 operator were trying Zello’s “Cajun Navy” or “Texas Navy” channels, and asking for help from citizen dispatchers and boaters. Early this afternoon, the requests for help.

Dallas Resident Sammy Abdullah takes part in search and rescue efforts in the Kingwood neighborhood of Houston on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 in the wake of Harvey. (Photo by David Tarrant, Dallas Morning News)