Houston Residents Risk Safety In Recreational Boats to Save Neighbors

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FRESNO, Calif. — The entire state of Texas is coming together in the wake of the disaster.

Neighbors are using all kinds of recreational boats to save others in their community.
 
“I just try to save people that are stuck in their homes. The first responders they need help,” said a citizen rescuer.

The heroic acts can be dangerous.

“It’s an at your own risk situation,” said Aaron Lindgren, Pacific Marine Center.

Aaron Lindgren with Pacific Marine Center in Fresno said it is risky because of what lies below the service.

 “A lot of it will depend on what is in the water. There are a lot of obstacles things for them to hit. The biggest thing in shallow water is not knowing water,” said Lindgren.

They are also battling unusual currents. He said certain boats will do better than others in those waters.

“A shallow water boat will do well. I have seen people using fan boats which are going to be less draft,” said Lindgren.

One Texas resident with family in Fresno, Angel Duenas has been using his flat bottom boat to save trapped residents in Houston.

“We got friends and family that were there that we picked up and random strangers. We got out 35 to 40 people,” said Angel Duenas, Texas Resident.
 
 Duenas said there have been close calls.

“We did get a big wave from a big boat going by so we had a lot of water in the boat and it was scary,” said Duenas.

 Despite the danger, Duenas said he will keep going back out.

“As long as we have fuel and as long as there are people out there,” said Duenas.

The Federal Government is welcoming the citizen rescuers and is encouraging more to help jump in.

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