By LORI TUCKER 6 News Anchor/Reporter
NEW ORLEANS, La. (WATE) - Navy Capt. Robert Lansden came to New Orleans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
He normally commands large vessels that sail throughout the world.
When Katrina hit in September 2005, Capt. Lansden happened to be in New Orleans visiting his ailing father in the hospital.
Capt. Lansden took command of an industrial ship and rescued dozens of patients from a flooded hospital.
"We got the dialysis patients, think about it, no electricity, no water. We brought the dialysis patients back to the ship this is a huge industrial ship," the captain recalled.
Doctors allowed Cap. Lansden and his crew to bring those patients on board, ultimately saving their lives.