Bubba's Boat Rescue


By: Samantha Magee

On Saturday, July 18, Business Development Representative Bubba Himel was fishing with Butch Detiveaux and some great friends in the Gulf of Mexico at South Timbalier 67-B. They were catching a lot of small snapper, so his friend Dave Bourgeois suggested the group go further south to ST 127 to find some bigger ones.

Another friend, Matt Madere, was in his boat with a crew about 10 minutes ahead. He got to ST 127 first and saw a boat tied up fishing. A guy on the boat told Matt, “You need to go help that boat out there,” as he pointed east. “It’s sinking.”

Matt inquired why he was still fishing but did not think twice about going to help the sinking boat. Matt and his crew drove closer to help the sinking boat, taking two children onboard his own boat. Matt, his wife, children and another couple and their children helped to calm the rescued kids. No one was hurt, but they were scared.

Bubba and his crew were still a few miles out and noticed the other boat had untied from the platform and circled Matt and the boat taking on water. Then they saw it leave, heading west. They pulled up within 30 feet of the boat taking on water and knew immediately that the boat would sink.

The men were trying to bail water out of the boat with a five-gallon bucket. Bubba told them to get everything valuable; they would not be able to save that boat. Knowing the boat would roll over soon, Bubba's crew could not get too close because they did not want it to damage their vessel, injure their crew or take their boat down with it.

Within minutes of their arrival, the boat rolled over as the five guys jumped out. They pulled everyone out the water to safety, including the gear that was floating, and brought them inshore to Cocodrie. Everyone involved was safe, and they were all very thankful to Bubba and his friends for being there to rescue them.

Great job to Bubba and his crew for their bias to action! We are proud of your heroic efforts.


Samantha Magee

Samantha Magee joined Danos in 2018 as media relations coordinator. She serves as Danos’ point of contact for communications targeting customers and the communities where we live and work. Prior to joining Danos, she worked in education and non-profit organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.


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