#RescueBae, The Dishy Harvey Rescue Volunteer & Oyster Fisherman

This is hilarious, and just proves that even in the midst of Hurricane Harvey and Biblical levels of flooding, Texans can find room in their hearts for a little humor. Raz Halili operates his family’s oyster business in San Leon, just north of Galveston. As such, he has plenty of boats. When Harvey’s flooding was at its worst, Raz and his cousin, Gezim, decided to go save some lives. Little did Raz know, that would earn him the title of #RescueBae.

Raz and Gezim prepped their boat and some jet skis, and hit the waters. They traveled up and down floodwaters from Port Arthur, to Dickinson, to Friendswood.

“The first thing we saw was a man on a canoe which flipped over in a creek, and the current started taking him away,” Raz told ABC 13. “We actually went down a street, into a gated community with an oyster boat, which is something I never thought I would do.”

While helping the Coast Guard, Raz decided to snap a selfie. It was that selfie that would shortly earn him #RescueBae fame.


Ariel Marie was one of the thousands of stranded Texans rescued from Harvey floods. A Port Arthur resident, she majored in English Literature at Lamar University and enjoys singing and volunteering at her church. Needless to say, she’s also got a fabulous sense of humor.

“One of my friends was letting me know that she got rescued from a fine Cajun Navy guy,” she said, “and she said she has a picture of him. I said, ‘Girl. You have to send me the picture,'”


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Actually, Raz and Gezim aren’t members of The Cajun Navy. They’re just Texans with the heart and the courage to go help strangers when disaster strikes. Regardless, that was the famous selfie that motivated Ariel to find Raz and figure out the real identity of #RescueBae.

“He’s just an amazing person. I just had to let him know that you’re an amazing guy. Yes, you’re fine but you’re also amazing and you have an amazing heart,” Marie said. “I had to find him. How can I get his attention to thank him.”

Many people have compared Raz to Criminal Minds star, Shemar Moore.

Here’s a video interview from ABC 13:


Raz’s father immigrated to the U.S. from Albania in the 1970’s. It took many years and multiple jobs, but eventually Raz’s dad opened Prestige Oysters, which his son now manages. If you’re a fan of oysters, and would like to thank the Halili family for their Harvey relief efforts, check out their website at www.PrestigeOysters.com.


About Prestige Oysters:

Prestige Oyster’s is a private family run business. CEO Johnny Halili migrated from Albania to the U.S in the 1970’s. Landing in the projects of Chicago, Johnny got his first job at a local car wash. After moving from job to job, Johnny made his way down to Louisiana after hearing of work from his cousin. Having never been on a boat, Johnny began working as a deckhand. After many hard years of working as a deckhand, Johnny Halili bought his first boat – Lady Katherine.

Johnny’s best deckhand was his wife Lisa, together they weathered many cold winters oyster harvesting and hot summers shrimping to create an oyster company unlike any other. In the summer of 2010, Prestige Oysters installed the Quintus 350L high pressure processing machine  and Cryo-Quick tunnel to process oysters. In 2013 Johnny acquired Joeys Oyster Company’s state of the art facility with HPP technology in Amite, Louisiana.

At present day, Prestige Oyster’s is still a family run business with Johnny, Lisa and son Raz running day to day operations. Prestige Oyster’s Inc. has two full time processing plants and provides market for over 100 boats stretching from Texas and Louisiana up to Maryland.

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