Bob Staub was expecting a leisurely day fishing with the guys when he left home that morning.
But by the time he got back home, he was hailing his fishing partners as heroes and feeling very grateful to be alive.
It all started when his 14-year-old son Nick asked if he could invite a couple of his fellow freshman friends from Houston High School to go fishing with them.
Knowing they were good kids, Bob said sure. Little did he know that hours later, he would be very glad that he said yes.
When they got to the launch in Tunica Lake, Mississippi, Bob started to back the boat down the ramp. His truck transmission had been giving him some problems and it started acting up again.
It suddenly went into park and wouldn’t move. Bob wasn’t too worried, though; he knew the trick to get it moving again.
Unfortunately, that meant he had to crawl up under the truck and manually move the levers to get the truck out of park.
He’d done it before but on this day, he made a potentially fatal mistake: He forgot to put on the parking brake.
As soon as the truck went out of park it began to roll backwards, and Bob’s head was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Only 3 inches from the wheel, he had no time to move out of the way before the tire rolled onto his head.
“It went right on his head, and his head was pinned between the concrete and the tire,” said Nick Staub.
“He was under there for about 45 seconds and he passed out for about 10 of those seconds.”
Once Nick regained consciousness he realized how much trouble he was in. If he had been alone that day, it’s likely things wouldn’t have ended up the way they did.
But, he wasn’t alone. His son and his friends were there.
Together, they lifted the truck off Bob’s head and rolled it a few inches back up the ramp.
Bob was conscious enough to roll out of the way before they let the truck back down. It actually rolled back down into the water while they called 911 and attended to Bob.
Despite everything that could’ve gone even more wrong that day, Bob Staub realized immediately how lucky he was:
Not only that the truck stopped when it did and didn’t roll completely across his head, but that he had strong and willing company that could get the weight off his head before his skull gave way.
Despite the ugly mark on his face, a CAT scan and X-rays showed that no lasting damage had been done. Amazingly Bob has nothing but a few bruises to remember the accident by.
He and Nick and pretty sure they will never forget that day though, no matter what.
“It makes us feel lucky that he’s still here ’cause the chances of him surviving, that was not in our favor,” said Nick Staub.
He and his friends have started a fishing club at Houston High School so they expect to be spending a lot of time out on the lake. They’ll probably invite Nick’s dad along, too.
We hope he gets his SUV fixed before he attempts docking the boat again.
But, he knows now that in case of emergency, he has built-in heroes standing at the ready to save the day. Again.
Source: Good News Network