Michigan man risks life to stop runaway boat

A boat full of brothers risked their lives at Corey Lake Memorial Day weekend to protect others from a boat that was spinning out of control.

Witnesses say the driver went flying from the boat when it hit a wave, but wasn’t wearing his safety strap. So the boat kept spinning full throttle with a full tank of gas.

“The prop was going in and out of the water, it was very close to our boat, within two or three feet at some passes,” said Rocky Alexander.

Rocky and his brothers decided they had to help out.

“Last year a girl lost her life out there and we didn't want that to happen again,” said Gus Alexander. “I don't want to see that on my lake no more.”

So they maneuvered their boat around the runaway one, circling around to try and catch up.

“We thought about throwing a rope on it, bust the prop loose, throwing an anchor on it to slow it down and jump on it, but it was spinning way too fast,” Rocky said.

So the brothers decided to try something dangerous – Rocky jumped from his boat to the loose one.

“I was praying,” he said. “I probably prayed 40 times before I jumped and ten times in the air.”

Apparently, it paid off. Rocky landed in the boat perfectly and was able to take the wheel and get it under control.

“Once Rocky got on, we erupted in cheering,” Gus said.

The brothers and everyone else on Corey Lake went home safely that day. And the Alexander boys hope that continues to happen.

“Be careful out there,” Rocky said. “There’s definitely a lot of kids and people who don’t know how to drive boats, so be cautious and enjoy the water safely.”

Witnesses say the boat was towed and the driver was ticketed for boating under the influence. Police weren’t available Wednesday evening to confirm their reports.


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