Greenville man helps “Cajun Navy” make water rescues in NC


(WSPA) – Brant Rigsby of The Ozone Collision Center in Greenville worked in the Lumberton, NC area, where the Lumber River has flooded communities.

He spent the last two days on rescues, reaching well over 100 people with his airboat. He teamed up with friends Belton O’Neall, Bob Moffett, Tom Gilkeson and the Cajun Navy coordinated their rescues.

He stayed in touch with 7 News Anchor Amy Wood and told her they faced a number of challenges including at times rescuing people but not having enough shelter space.  He said, “the area we’ve been working in is very low income so we’ve gone into are very low income neighborhoods so we have gotten into a lot of neighborhoods where people can’t leave.”

The airboat he took with him, works in several inches of water, or the deepest flood waters. “The good part about this airboat is its a flat bottom airboat, it’s got a lot of horse power and torque and it can go anywhere.”

He said the flooding in 2016 in North Carolina was bad, but he says everyone he’s worked with in the Lumberton area, believes 2018 will be worse.

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