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BR businessman not looking for glory after rescuing boaters in Gulf

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago May 26, 2015 May 26, 2015 Tuesday, May 26 2015 May 26, 2015 3:46 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama - Baton Rouge business owners jumped into action during a fishing expedition off the coast of Alabama Saturday when they came upon a capsized boat.

Captain Bo Keough, in command of the "Heck Yea!" saw the capsized boat and six people in the water. The "Heck Yea!" is owned by Wallace Heck, the owner of Heck Industries in Baton Rouge. The two men and the others on the "Heck Yea!" called the Coast Guard and helped get the stranded people out of the Gulf of Mexico.

"You're always concerned for anybody you see in a capsized boat, even though they have life jackets on," Heck said. "They could have been anywhere, you know, floating around until somebody found them," he added.

Heck was interviewed at his boat's dock by Alabama TV station WKRG.

The group in the water all had life jackets, but an elderly man could not swim and was beginning to go into shock.

"We got him on board first," Keough said.

The rescued people, from Alabama, said they were fishing when their boat started to take on water.

Heck, who had made it back to Louisiana by Tuesday afternoon, said he and his group are not heroes, they are just doing what any mariner would do for another.

"We were just doing what you should do, you know, what any person should do for another human being. This is all we knew, we don't care about any publicity and glory," Heck said.

"I would only hope that if something like that was to happen to me or my family or anybody that I know that they would be able to have some help as well," Keough said.

Everyone involved in the rescue agreed, the story may have been drastically different if the six people on the capsized boat did not have life jackets.

The group rescued will be fine, the TV station reported.

This was the second rescue performed by a Good Samaritan from the Baton Rouge area during the Memorial Day Weekend. Friday, Galvez Lake Volunteer Fireman Aaron Kowal assisted in an incident in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
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