S: Stranded on a Lake
FC: Stranded on a Lake | BY Teddy Didier
1: Our New Boat | Last summer I learned to be a very careful person in my everyday life. On that day we were tubing on a lake with our cousins. Last summer family just got a boat so we weren’t very good at driving the boat and we didn’t know a lot about boat safety.
2: Our boat had a propeller underneath it, so if anything got caught or stuck in it, it would be very difficult to get it out. This was our first time boating on Big Cedar Lake so I was so nervous I didn’t even want to go on the boat.
3: I was tubing with my brother Jack and my mom was driving. After we went, my cousin and my sister went. My sister always has a hard time getting on the tube, so she jumped on the tube and it flipped over. My sister plopped straight down into the water. She was yelling and complaining that the water was too cold, so we all had to focus on getting her out of the water.
4: Sure enough the rope slowly went under the boat while it was running. I knew something bad was going to happen. All of a sudden we heard a loud,”Errrrrrrrhhh”. Everyone froze. We all knew what just happened.
6: First we quickly tried to find goggles to see the propeller. My brother Jack jumped in and swam straight to the propeller. When he came up, he said the rope was cut and tangled really bad. He went down again to try to untangle it, but he couldn’t get it untangled. After he gave up, I dove in for a try. By the time I got to the propeller, I had to swim back because I was almost out of breath.
7: We spent hours trying to get the rope unstuck from the propeller with no luck. We realized that we needed something sharp to cut the rope, and we didn’t have anything. We were stuck in the middle of the lake.
8: After half–an-hour of waiting around, two fishermen came by and asked us if there was something wrong with our boat. That was one of the greatest moments of my life to see those two fishermen. We told them the whole story of the rope getting stuck underneath the boat. They had a knife we could use, so they pulled up next to our boat and gave us the knife. It was our only hope!
9: My brother took the knife and kept diving down to cut the rope. That took him so long because by the time he got to the propeller he was almost out of breath.
10: Finally, Jack got the rope free. Ever since that incident on the lake I have been a very cautious person about boating and pretty much everything that involves a rope. This lesson has also helped me follow certain rules because constantly watching the rope was a rule we didn’t know about.
11: I’ve never had any situations like that ever since the rope got stuck on the propeller.