VIDEO: Driver takes selfie as car sinks in river

Residents along the banks of the Rideau River were credited for thinking fast after they used a kayak to save a driver whose vehicle went through the ice in Manotick on Sunday afternoon, according to Canada’s National Post.

As the driver stood on the back window of her car waiting for assistance, she was took a smiling selfie. Before help arrived, the car had sunk to the point that just a portion of the roof was showing. She was able to climb on to the kayak and be pulled to the river’s edge.

Ottawa paramedics also went to the scene, but said the lone occupant of the vehicle did not want to be assessed, and police said the driver was not injured.

“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 said the driver was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

‘This portion of the river has thin ice compared to other areas of the river,’ police said in a news release. ‘Ice conditions at this time of the year can be unpredictable. The Ottawa Police Service reminded residents that ‘No Ice is Safe Ice.’

The vehicle remained in the river and police cautioned that it ‘could pose as a hazard for curious onlookers venturing out on the ice’.

Main image courtesy of @MammaMitch/twitter

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