“Would You Mind if I Jumped in to Facilitate Things?”

On 13 July 2013, Neil Bush, son of former President George H.W. Bush and younger brother of former President George W. Bush helped a New England family whose boat engine had stalled in the waters off the coast of Maine. Mr. Bush said, “I was driving Dad’s boat and I saw these people waving way in the distance and we went over to help.” The Polinger family boat had stalled, and they believed that something was wrapped around the propeller. Mr. Bush said, “I looked at the folks on board, and I knew that no one was going to jump into the water to undo the line. So I asked, ‘Would you mind if I jumped in to facilitate things?’ Luckily, I had on some exercise clothes.” Shirley Polinger said, “He came right on the boat, took off his shirt, and went in the water. He felt around the prop, but nothing was wrapped around it. He got out of the water and asked me where I wanted to go.” Mr. Bush towed the Polinger family boat to the jetty in Wells Harbor; assistant Wells harbor master Charlie Bashaw towed the boat the rest of the way into the harbor. Mr. Bush said, “If it weren’t for the fact that it was Dad’s (former President George H.W. Bush’s) boat … well, it’s the kind of thing that any yachtsman would have done.” He added, “I was just happy to be there in the right place at the right time.”

For Further Information: “Good deed: The inside story on how Neil Bush rescued family stranded on high seas.” CultureMap Houston (Texas). 18 July 2013


For Further Information: Gillian Graham, “President Bush’s son rescues stranded Maine boaters.” Morning Sentinel (Maine). 16 July 2013


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