Greenway rescues stranded boaters

Chad Greenway went waist deep into cold water on a windy day to help stranded boaters near his home on Lake Minnetonka.

Chad Greenway's athleticism translated to the water on Monday.

KARE-11 was shooting a story about high water levels on Lake Minnetonka Monday when reporter Rena Sarigianopoulos and a photojournalist noticed a couple struggling with their stranded boat that was reportedly drifting closer to the Gray's Bay dam.

Greenway came down from his house on Lake Minnetonka and helped steady the boat and pulled it to safety, and then helped the sherrif's department hook up the boat to be towed away. The Vikings linebacker later drove the couple, Edward and Crystal Alexis, to the landing to retrieve their boat.

"I figured I would help them out," Greenway told KARE-11. "It looked like a dangerous situation.

"The waves were so big and the wind so strong (on Monday) that it pushed them right into the rocks. So we had to get him out of the rocks, get his prop cleaned out of the rope and get him turned around."

The steering on the boat had failed and the couple was at the mercy of the wind until Greenway showed up to offer a helping hand in the cold water.

"We were looking at all the beautiful houses and then all the sudden the steering wheel wouldn't turn and we were going around in circles," Crystal said.

"It just got scary close to the rocks."

Greenway was up to his waist in water temperatures estimated at 65 degrees while offering his assistance.

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