Teen Saved Father after Propeller Severed Leg

A grateful Bloomington father lost his leg but not his life during a terrifying boating accident. His calm and collected teenage son is his hero.

"We thank God that my husband survived," said Sandi Pickel.

Pickel is certain she would be a widow if her 17-year-old son Andrew had not kept his wits about him Wednesday evening. Andrew and his father Merle had spent several years rebuilding a speed boat. Merle took it for a test spin on Lake Monroe. Andrew followed in another boat just in case something went wrong. Something did.

"Steering malfunctioned somehow and jerked to


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