Boat nearly plunges over dam

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Rescue crews had to help a man and woman in a pontoon boat from going over the Algonquin Dam on Illinois’ Fox River because a cable normally blocking boats from passing under the Route 62 bridge has not been in place for months.

Steve Leseth, his wife Grace, and their shih tzu Brie were on board their 20-foot pontoon boat on Wednesday afternoon when they got into trouble when their prop was fouled and engine stalled as they approached the Algonquin Dam.

“Well, I tried to restart the engine three times. It would not restart. I didn’t know what the problem was. All I know is that boat started to take off towards the dam – like five times faster than I’d been driving all day,” he said.

Click here for the full report with video of the rescue by CBS New in Chicago.