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Westin survived a boat propeller

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, all teammates on the high school football team, were out on a boat all day.

Westin playing football
Westin playing football

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.

Westin's shorts
The shorts Westin was wearing

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

Westin and Nikki
Westin and Nikki

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