Woman appears to snap selfie on top of car as it sinks into river of ice

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Woman appears to snap selfie on top of car as it sinks into river of ice

A clueless Canadian woman appeared to snap a selfie while standing on top of her car — as it sank in a river of ice — over the weekend.

Photos taken from the shore of the Rideau River in Ottawa show the unidentified woman in a red winter coat apparently nonchalantly snap a quick selfie of herself while standing on the back window of the yellow vehicle that is mostly submerged in the water and slowly sinking around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

“She’s on top of the car, she’s going in,” a concerned resident says in a video taken from the shore, as two people can be seen preparing to send a kayak out over the ice to the woman.

In a follow-up video, the woman can be seen safely inside the kayak as a man pulls her and the boat with a rope to a thicker part of the ice closer to shore.

A man then tells the woman, who was now standing on the ice, seemingly unfazed by the ordeal, “Don’t go towards the car, please come closer in.”

Video from another neighbor’s backyard showed the vehicle speeding by on the ice moments before it was halted and started sinking.

“We were on the river in Kars and this car went by absolutely flying down the river.  I was shocked at how fast it was going…and that it was a car on the freaking river!  She’s lucky she didn’t hurt anyone else,” tweeted Julie Bowman

The woman was rescued by a neighbor who supplied a kayak for her to get into.
The woman was rescued by a neighbor who supplied a kayak for her to get into.
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Car sinks into icy river.
The woman was charged with reckless driving.
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An Ottawa resident captured video of the woman driving on the ice-covered river.
An Ottawa resident captured video of the woman driving on the ice-covered river.
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Police and paramedics responded to a report of a partially submerged vehicle, and when they arrived, they found that the driver had been saved, Ottawa cops said in a press release.

Social media users criticized the woman’s apparent selfie-taking duringthe very dangerous situation.

“She captured the moment with a selfie while people hurried and worried to help her,” Lynda Douglas tweeted, with a face-palm emoji.

The woman was not injured, police said, and she denied treatment for paramedics that arrived.

The driver was charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, according to police.

Police said the ice she drove over is thinner than other parts of the river and that ice conditions this time of year “can be unpredictable.”

“No ice is safe ice,” they said.

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