(CBS) — Brian Wiles was on board a friend’s power boat in Monroe Harbor on Saturday when he saw it happen.
“I thought I was watching a movie. Then I realized what was happening.”
The man and his caretaker were watching the Chicago Air and Water Show near the Chicago Yacht club when the man’s wheelchair rolled into the water.
“I saw the wheelchair take a right angle and go into the water. I dove off the boat and went into rescue mode. He wasn’t strapped in so he was already going under. That’s when I grabbed him, secured him and carried him back to shore. His caretaker was in the water too, but she couldn’t handle him by herself.”