MOBILE, Ala. (AL.com) — Since Gulf Coast Ducks was founded in the summer of 2016, the funny-looking amphibious vehicles have become a familiar site in downtown Mobile, with tourists and locals listening to a tour guide tell about Mobile history as they roll down Dauphin Street. Three times during every tour, the vehicles splash into Mobile River or the bay, where they become boats.
But the World War II-era vehicles are being used for a much more serious purpose for the next two weeks or so in Houston, which is starting to recover from the devastating flooding left by Hurricane Harvey. The vehicles will transport patients from their homes or evacuation sites to dialysis centers all over the city.
Gulf Coast Ducks co-founder Scott Tindle and six crew members left Mobile late Tuesday night, headed to Houston with their fleet of three 32-foot-long, 12-foot-tall, six-wheeled duck boats.
That night, Tindle made a quick post on the Gulf Coast Ducks Facebook page to let people know what he was up to. The post has been shared more than 8,500 times, and the comments overwhelmingly express appreciation for the company's generous act.