Here's a chilling story that's causing a buzz this weekend. A father and daughter wanted to do a little pre-holiday bonding, and decided to go ice fishing. So they set off out on Lake Winnipeg in a truck. Then, all of a sudden, the truck fell through the ice.
You can only imagine the terror they must have felt, seeing that ice cracking and knowing they were plunging into that freezing, icy water below. Maybe they screamed, maybe the prayed, or maybe they were just in shock, but it's pretty safe to say they knew they were looking death in the eye.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. While there aren't many details at this time, according to CTV, the father managed to escape the truck as it was sinking into the water, but his daughter (whose age and name haven't been released) was still in the truck. So he heroically went back into the vehicle, plunging under the icy water, and rescued her. They were then able to swim to shore.
Some people passing by drove them back to their home where they were fine. They called police just to let them know what happened and so that no one would worry.
Phew. It's amazingly fortunate that they're both okay, and now they have a pretty incredible tale to tell that's much better than any big fish they may have caught. You can bet it's a memory neither will ever forget, and talk about bumping up the father-daughter bonding exponentially.
It also serves as a pretty powerful reminder to anyone planning to do any outdoor activities, such as ice skating, ice fishing, and ice hockey. Just because water appears to be frozen doesn't always mean it is. Make sure you take every precaution if you plan to go on any type of ice.
Have you ever experienced a near-death situation like this with a relative? If so, how did it affect you?
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