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Remarkable! Teenager stops a runaway boat after the captain falls overboard

It all happened in the blink of an eye.

A 17-year-old jumped onto and stopped a runaway boat that was going in circles on a New Hampshire lake after the captain fell overboard. Rich Bono says he heard a boat making waves Wednesday, and knew something was up.

“I looked up and could see this boat circling and then, of course, looked at the boat, and there’s nobody in it,” Bono said.

The Procon family says the incident started with a kids sailing lesson in the cove before things went wrong. The instructor was operating the boat and using a tennis ball to teach the kids how to turn, according to the Procons. As he was reaching for the ball, one of the kids’ sailboats tipped over, and the mast hit the instructor’s boat’s throttle, sending him off the boat into the water and causing the boat to start spiraling.

After getting the kids away from the runaway boat, neighbor Justin King told 17-year-old Brady Procon to hop on the back of his Jet Ski. King brought the teenager close enough to the boat to jump on and stop it before anyone got hurt. The dangers of the jump never even crossed Procon’s mind.

“I don’t know. It just came to me. I didn’t really think; I just did it,” he said. “Realizing what I did, I’m a little bit scared, but it was fun. I would do it again.” The 17-year-old says he’s enjoying his last two months of summer at the lake before he ships off to join the Navy this fall.

Smiling family relaxing on boat on lake on summer evening

Photo: Thomas Barwick / DigitalVision / Getty Images

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