Local residents used a kayak to rescue a woman whose car fell into icy water after she attempted to drive over a frozen river, police said in a statement.
Lynda Douglas Kurylowicz, a local resident, said she saw a woman take pictures of herself while her car was sinking in the icy water, according to CNN. Kurylowicz said she was in disbelief and described the driver’s decision to take pictures in the dangerous situation as “cavalier.”
On Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 4:30 pm, the Ottawa Police Service attended the area of Old Mill Way (near White Horse Park) to investigate a motor vehicle that had partially submerged through the ice along the Rideau River. The lone occupant was rescued by local residents by using a kayak and quick safe thinking. There were no reported injuries to the driver.
The driver was subsequently charged with one count of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle under the Criminal Code of Canada. The vehicle is still in the river and could pose as a hazard for curious onlookers venturing out on the ice.Ottowa Police Report
This portion of the river has thin ice compared to other areas of the river. Ice conditions at this time of the year can be unpredictable. The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind residents to stay off the ice and remember “No Ice is Safe Ice”.
Kurylowicz said she called for emergency services when she heard the ice crack and saw the car sinking.
“While I was on the phone with 911, people were getting ropes and things to try and help her (the driver),” Kurylowicz told CNN.
The driver started to get out of the sinking car while two men rushed to get a kayak to perform the rescue, CNN reported. The men threw the kayak into the river attached to a rope, which they used to pull the driver to safety.
No one was injured during the accident, and the driver was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, according to CNN.
“This evening a car went through the ice in the south end of Ottowa. Thankfully no injuries and an amazing job by local residents saving the driver by using a kayak and quick safe thinking,” MDT Ottowa Police said on Twitter.
“Another reminder that ‘No Ice Is Safe Ice’. Please use extreme caution this winter season!” police said.
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