Police in Ottawa, Canada said bystanders were able to rescue a driver whose car sank into an icy river last weekend — but not before the driver snapped a selfie from on top of the partially submerged car.
In the videos and pictures posted on social media below, witnesses claim the driver appeared to be speeding on the river before his car started sinking. Just moments before being rescued, the driver then allegedly took a selfie while standing on the roof of the sinking car.
According to police, the driver has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Car driving on the ice in Manotick. Went thru the ice. Driver was safely rescued by kayak from neighbours. @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/N51gHw3ryf— Lynda Douglas (@MammaMitch) January 16, 2022
This evening a car went through the ice in the south end of Ottawa. Thankfully no injuries and an amazing job by local residents saving the driver by using a kayak and quick safe thinking. Another reminder that "No Ice Is Safe Ice". Please use extreme caution this winter season! pic.twitter.com/zpWdeyYzps— MDT Ottawa Police (@MDTOttawaPolice) January 16, 2022
Glad everyone is safe - here is a video from our backyard as it went by pic.twitter.com/NI2nStMkvy— Sacha Gera (@SachaGera) January 17, 2022