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Part 1: Couple from Acadiana featured in "Cajun Navy" documentary about Katrina

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Doug Bienvenu and his fiance, Drue LeBlanc stand in front of the air boat they drove around New Orleans streets to help those stranded. Doug Bienvenu and his fiance, Drue LeBlanc stand in front of the air boat they drove around New Orleans streets to help those stranded.

The first draft of The Cajun Navy documentary will air at UL the end of this month.

It comes 10 years after hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast, washing away neighborhoods and claiming the lives of some of those who live there. The film is about the brave woman and men who hitched their boats and rescued the stranded citizens of New Orleans. Two of those people from right here in Acadiana helped bring more than one thousand people to safety.

Doug Bienvenu said he’s still haunted by the images of New Orleans streets 10 years ago.

“Bodies were floating around all over and you could see the people that drowned in their houses,” Bienvenu said. “When you pass you could see them in the blinds.”

There were houses after houses with just rooftops visible.

“That's just a hard pill to swallow, thinking really you downed in your own house,” Bienvenu said.

After hearing about the horrific damage of hurricane Katrina Bienvenu and his fiancé Drue LeBlanc say they had a calling.

“We just had a drive that we can't explain,” Bienvenu said.

So the couple from St. Martin Parish brought their air boat to New Orleans and started saving those stranded.

“We helped bring about 1,400 people to safe grounds,” Bienvenu said. “I had to count in case our boat cap-sized or something happened.”

Many residents say they owe their lives to the couple.

"They were sent from god” Wade Blooworth, also known as Cookie, said. “I know they were sent from god to save me and these people."

Bienvenu said his fondest moment is when Drue helped a little girl.

“This is Drue with this baby that had asthma,” Bienvenu said as he points to a picture. “It was bad at the end cause she was in such horrible shape.”

The couple brought that baby to a hospital.

“She made it and that was the most important story,” Bienvenu said.

But, it wasn't just about saving lives, it was also creating unbreakable friendships.

“I still keep in touch with many of these people today,” Bienvenu said. “I still call 20-30 of them once a month and they are still thanking us, which is unbelievable.“

In Part two of KATC series set to air Saturday at 10 p.m. there will be more on remembering Drue LeBlanc, who died in October 2014 from Kidney Disease.

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