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29 March 2017

Truck Plunges through Frozen Lake in Canada

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Frozen lakes are risky. For anyone, from truckers to travellers, there’s always caution to be taken when crossing or venturing onto a frozen lake, due to uncertainty of thickness and strength, and the weight it can withstand. Some are extremely safe after inspection, allowing vehicles to drive on them, or people to walk or ice-skate on them as a leisure activity.

Our post about being safe on frozen lakes outlines that any ice thicker than around 12 inches is safe enough, and can withstand the weight of a mid-sized truck, but the issue comes were the thickness is inconsistent across the lake, making some areas weaker than others.

Two truckers misjudged Lake Winnipeg, in Manitoba, Canada and experienced a shocking plunge through the frozen lake. Luckily, they escaped unharmed, despite the dangers of the sub-zero water beneath the ice.

The incident was caught on video, where one of the occupants can be heard shouting “Bail! Bail!” See it below:

The Manitoba Royal Canadian Mounted Police advised people to avoid the area, due to the rapid current running under the ice, making it unsafe for crossing. However, after reports of the incident, they were at the scene in minutes and said, according to Global News:

“There would be no signage warning people to stay off the ice in that area because it is not considered an ice road crossing,

“Officers are warning anyone who is out on the ice, or considering driving on the lake at this time, that there is a rapid current underneath the frozen water and it may not be safe.”

While the occupants escaped unharmed, the truck was unsalvageable, and is submerged below the ice, as of March 15th 2017.

The occupants had a lucky escape in this case, and avoided dangers such as cold water shock or drowning. Advice for anyone who finds themself in a scary situation in which their car is submerged in water is as follows:
  • Open/break your windows – which sounds like the opposite of what your instinct would tell you, but opening your windows will allow water to fill in evenly, without disrupting the pressure as opening your heavy car door would.
  • Don’t make a phone-call – it’ll waste time and energy which would be best spend escaping safely
  • Undo your seatbelt – being restricted to your seat won’t help you escape any quicker.
  • Escape through the open window 

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.