Westin survived a boat propeller

Episode 29,  Aug 02, 2019, 07:00 AM

Westin and two of his friends were out on a boat one summer day. Westin was standing out on the bow of the boat as it moved forward, and he fell off the bow, right in front of the boat. It continued to move forward and he could not get out of the way of the boat – and the propeller – in time. He still thinks about what happened, even today.

If you’re a parent, you can probably identify a little bit with this story. Especially if you have teenagers.

My kids are grown now, but I remember back when they were teenagers. And my kids were really good! They never got in trouble or anything like that. But even with responsible, mature teenagers, you just dread that some day you might get a phone call.

It’s that phone call from one of your kids that starts out, “Now Dad, I don’t want you to freak out or anything, but something’s happened…”

Westin was 18 years old when he had to make that phone call to his parents one summer day. He and a couple of his friends, they were all teammates on the high school football team, were out on a boat all day.

Just before it started to get dark, Westin was standing out on the bow, and he fell forward off the boat into the water. The boat, and the spinning propeller under the water’s surface, continued forward directly to where Westin was treading water. He couldn’t move out of the way quickly enough.

He survived of course, but what happened that day is something he still thinks about even today.

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