What began as a fun family outing on Saturday morning in Manitoba, Canada, soon became a father daughter team's worse nightmare. The pair found themselves staring death in the face as their family truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnipeg, nearly throwing the two to their death.
According to reports by the Montreal Gazette, the father daughter were out for a family bonding trip, in which all the two really wanted was to catch a few fish and have a few laughs on a Canadian fishing trip on Lake Winnipeg, but soon found their lives in jeopardy.
It seems the two were driving across the frozen lake in their family truck when the ice, thinner than it appeared, broke under the pressure and weight of the vehicle, causing the truck to fall through the ice. Though the situation became dire quite quickly, the happy news is, both were able to escape the truck, and the icy waters, before it was too late.
According to the Montreal Gazette, the father courageously pulled his daughter from the sinking vehicle, rescuing her from certain death. Here is what an officer on duty at the time had to say about the event:
"Their vehicle did break through [the ice]...both he and his daughter we able to get out safely and did contact police just to let us know from home that they were fine and there were no concerns otherwise."
Though not much more is known about what happened on that fateful Canadian fishing trip, some news sources are reporting that the father was indeed responsible for the safe rescue of his daughter, as in order to retrieve her, he had to dive underwater into the sinking vehicle and pull her out. When the two reached the shore, fortunately, someone happened to be nearby and was able to get them to their home and safety, later reporting as much to the police.
After such a frightening happening, Royal Canadian Mounted Police took the opportunity to warn individuals about how things like what happened on the Canadian fishing trip could be avoided. The police are reminding all who fish or participate in other frozen water-related activities to be extremely careful, particularly ones involving motor vehicles moving across ice as many times, ice may be thinner than it appears and could lead to near tragedies like the one Saturday.
Of course what happened on the Canadian fishing trip with the father and daughter whose truck fell through the ice is nothing new, it still poses a grim and recent reminder of why people should show precaution in winter water related activities. Even if help is close to hand, a fall into cold water can often be fatal.
According to a 2006 Pacific Yachting magazine article,
"Cold water carries heat away from the body 25 times faster than air of the same temperature and as a result, the body core immediately begins to lose heat to the outside environment. At first, the body tries to generate more heat by shivering, but this is not enough to offset the loss of heat to the water. Within 20 to 30 minutes, depending on water temperature, body core temperature drops to below 35° C (95° F) cognitive functioning and judgement become affected. This cooling, if not checked, leads to disorientation, unconsciousness and eventually death.
An individual's response to cold water will vary depending on a number of factors including clothing, amount of body fat and activity, but the steady decline in core temperature will continue until after the person is removed from the water. Many books and web sites contain graphs based on expected survival times without protective clothing in various temperatures of water"
This condition, to many of us, may be better known as hypothermia and could have well been the cause of death of the Canadian fishing trip pair whose truck fell through the ice on Lake Winnipeg Saturday. Thankfully though, they did make it out alive and will go on to warn others of what happened in the fishing trip.