Photo caption: Caleb Amundson
Caleb Amundson, of Fairbury, doesnt consider himself a hero, but others do and they told him so.
Amundson, an 18 year-old student studying heavy equipment operation at NCK Tech, saved a man from drowning Labor Day Weekend at Harlan County Lake in south-central Nebraska.
I went home and decided to visit family at the lake and do some jet skiing and fishing, he said, recalling the events of that day. I had just loaded up my jet ski and this guy was backing in a 35-foot pontoon boat next to me.
Amundson remembers thinking at the time what a big boat the man had.
Amundson said everything seemed routine until he heard the brakes on the mans truck begin to give and chirp. The pickup truck and boat trailer jack-knifed and in a flash the trailer snapped. The sudden crash sent the pickup truck, boat and trailer with the man still inside careening down the boat ramp and into the water.