Cajun Navy highlighted in Discovery Channel documentary

Toney Wade, shown here with his dog Gus, will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the Cajun Navy on the Discovery Channel. 

An upcoming Discovery Channel documentary profiling Louisiana volunteerism will feature a well-known Teche Area organization.

“Cajun Navy,” set to premiere 9 p.m. on July 23, is a documentary focusing on the grassroots search and rescue operations put on by everyday people during Louisiana disasters. The film starts from Hurricane Katrina and moves along to other disasters over the years like Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“These are stories of neighbors helping neighbors, of people relying on each other, of communities overcoming devastating obstacles together.” says Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual. “Our audience craves this type of programming and we are excited to shine a light on the Cajun Navy’s inspiring work for them.”

Toney Wade with Cajun Coast Search and Rescue said he has been working with film production over a year. The film is just one of many potential productions that have reached out to Wade and the organization, he said.

“We’ve gotten really popular,” Wade said with a laugh. “This film involved each aspect of the Cajun Navy and kind of talks about the spirit of volunteerism in Louisiana.

Wade, who has also worked with animal cruelty investigations in Louisiana over the years, has also volunteered with search and rescue operations and was involved with Hurricane Harvey rescues.

“Cajun Navy” is produced by Lightbox for Discovery Channel. The executive producers are Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Suzanne Lavery for Lightbox, with James Newton as Director and Laura Warner as Producer. Jon Bardin, Andrew O’Connell, and Howard Swartz are Executive Producers for Discovery.

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