Forrest keeps trying and failing to catch shrimp until one day, he comes into the dock and sees Lt. Dan waiting for him. He's so excited that he jumps off his boat and swims to Lt. Dan.
Turns out, Lt. Dan wants to keep his joking promise of coming to be Forrest's first mate. In the background, we watch Forrest's drifting boat smash through a dock.
This is going to end well.
Lt. Dan hangs out at the top of Forrest's mast and directs him toward shrimp, but they have no luck. Forrest even goes to a Baptist church every Sunday to pray for shrimp, and they still catch nothing.
And then, wouldn't you know it, the moment Lt. Dan asks Forrest where his God is supposed to be, a huge storm blows in and traps them out at sea.
During the storm, Lt. Dan hangs out at the top of the boat and screams at God and nature while the rain whips at him. He even laughs and promises them that they'll never sink the boat.
As it turns out, the storm they are trapped in is 1974's Hurricane Carmen, which destroys every boat in the region except—wait for it—Lt. Dan and Forrest's, the only one out at sea. All of the others are smashed against the shore.
Now that they're the only boat on the water, they catch a ton of shrimp, end up buying a fleet of 12 boats, and create the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
At this point, the man sitting next to Forrest on the bench (in the present day) stops Forrest and laughs at the thought that this goofball sitting next to him is the owner of the massive Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.
The man just laughs and walks away, but another old woman sitting on the bench says that she loved Forrest's story. Forrest asks the woman if she'd like to see a picture of Lt. Dan, and then he shows her a picture of himself and Lt. Dan on the cover of Fortune magazine.