Former President Donald Trump reportedly made a donation to the United Cajun Navy to assist in the search for crew members of a capsized vessel.
The former president donated $10,000 to the group that organizes private search and rescue missions during natural disasters after the Seacor Power lift boat capsized, Todd Terrell, the president of the United Cajun Navy, told KATC. Terell said that the money would be used to fund the search for seven of the sailors who are still missing.
Trump has been known to make personal donations to a variety of causes. As president, he donated his quarterly paychecks to government agencies, including $100,000 to the Department of Homeland Security to build a wall on the southern border and to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health to fight the opioid crisis. In May 2020, the then-president donated his paycheck to the Department of Health and Human Services. The $100,000 donation was earmarked for research on treatments for COVID-19.
At the time of publication, neither the United Cajun Navy nor the office of former President Donald Trump had responded to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.
The vessel capsized off the southern coast of Louisiana on April 13 after winds reached speeds of 70 to 80 miles an hour. Six people were rescued, and authorities have confirmed that six people were killed in the incident. The Coast Guard suspended the search for the vessel on April 19, after a 175-hour search of over 9,200 nautical miles.
After the search was suspended, Capt. Will Watson, the commander of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, thanked everyone who had assisted with the rescue effort and extended his condolences to the families and friends of the deceased and those who are still missing.
“Suspending a search is one of the toughest decisions the Coast Guard has to make,” Watson said in a statement announcing the suspension. “Our crews searched continuously over the past six days with the hope of bringing the missing crew members home to their loved ones.”
The wife of Dylan Daspit, a sailor on the vessel who is presumed dead, filed a $25 million lawsuit in Texas against the owners of the Seacor Power, alleging violations of maritime law and negligence, according to NBC.
Volunteers for the Cajun Navy have rescued thousands of people during floods and hurricanes in Louisiana and Texas. During Hurricane Katrina, Louisiana state Sen. Nick Gautreaux issued a plea for private owners to come to New Orleans with boats to assist in the rescue effort. Officials expected twenty-five boats; instead, between 350 and 400 boats, and people ready to assist, arrived at the assembly point.
Despite Gautreaux’s warning that people who are “afraid of death” should leave, no one who had arrived abandoned the effort. The Cajun Navy rescued more than 10,000 people who were trapped in New Orleans as the floodwaters rose.
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the Washington Examiner reported that the donation was made to missing members of the United Cajun Navy. It has been updated to note that the United Cajun Navy is assisting in the search for the victims of the SeaCor Power incident and is not the subject of the rescue effort. The Washington Examiner regrets the error.
Author : Carly Ortiz-Lytle
Source : Washington Examiner : Trump makes $10,000 donation to United Cajun Navy to assist in search for missing sailors: Report