By Lauren M. Johnson and Sharif Paget, CNN
Residents near Ottawa used a kayak to rescue a woman whose car plunged into freezing water after driving on a frozen river, police said in a statement.
Residents were unsure why the driver was on the Rideau River on Sunday. People who witnessed the incident posted videos on social media showing the vehicle speeding through the ice.
Lynda Douglas Kurylowicz, who posted a series of photos online – including one of the driver taking selfies standing on top of the sinking car – told CNN she grabbed her phone after hearing the car roll over. ice.
Kurylowicz said she was in disbelief when she saw the car rolling down the frozen river and called the driver’s decision to take a selfie during the ordeal a “rider”.
Shortly after, Kurylowicz called 911 when she heard the ice crack and saw the car begin to sink.
“While I was on the phone with 911, people were getting ropes and things to try and help him (the driver),” Kurylowicz said.
The driver started to get out of the car as two men ran to get a kayak, to which they tied a rope. Then, standing on the ice in front of the open water, the men threw the kayak into the river and pulled the driver to safety, Kurylowicz added.
Ottawa police say the driver, who was not injured in the incident, has been charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Police said the vehicle was still in the river and warned people not to venture onto the ice to see it.
“Another reminder that ‘No Ice Is Safe Ice’. Please exercise extreme caution in this winter season!” police said.
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