Darwin Award-nominee pauses for a selfie as car sinks into icy water, rescuers rush to save her

A Canadian woman was rescued by some brave locals when her car smashed through the ice on the Rideau River in Ottawa, but the dangerous situation didn’t scare her away from taking a selfie.

Residents in the area jumped into action when a woman driving on the icy river broke through and began sinking. Using a kayak and a length of rope, they managed to get the woman to safety, but not before she could stop to take a selfie.

Video shows the daring rescue being carried out as the woman’s bright yellow vehicle slips deeper and deeper into the icy depths of the river.

CTV News Ottawa spoke to Zachary King, who was present at the river when the woman was rescued.

“So luckily one of my other neighbours, Rob Crober, had a rope that he had got, so he ran back to his place to grab one of his kayaks off his kayak rack. And I was untangling the rope, he got back, we tied the rope to the kayak and then just got it out to here,” King said.

“It’s like everything worked out perfectly. Got her on the kayak, pulled her in. And as soon as we pulled her in, the car went under. Fully,” he noted.

Emergency services were also at the scene, though the driver declined the help of paramedics.

But this may not necessarily be a happy ending for the driver. Not only is she out a vehicle, but she now faces charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Her car has not yet been recovered from the ice, and police claim that it could pose a serious hazard for those brave enough to venture out and catch a glimpse.

Social media reaction to the mid-danger selfie was equal parts hilarious and incredulous:


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