When the Light is Right: Driver takes selfies atop car sinking in Rideau River

Manotick, Ontario — A good captain always goes down with their ship; or at least snaps some goofy selfies atop the sinking wreckage…for insurance purposes probably.

Ottawa police have charged a woman with dangerous driving after she was seen standing on top of her vehicle and taking selfies as it sunk into the Rideau River last Sunday morning.

Comments from Twitter claim that the driver had been first seen on the ice 30 kilometres south in Kemptville.

Paramedics attended the scene but the driver refused to be assessed and was not otherwise injured in the incident.

“Thankfully no injuries and an amazing job by local residents saving the driver by using a kayak and quick safe thinking,” Ottawa police tweeted.

Police continued in a further news release, saying “This portion of the river has thin ice compared to other areas of the river.

“Ice conditions at this time of the year can be unpredictable. The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind residents to stay off the ice and remember ‘No Ice is Safe Ice.’”


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