Thursday March 16, 2017
This man plunged 100 feet into freezing lake — and survived
With temperamental weather, the winter of 2017 has been an unusually deadly one from communities along the Great Lakes.
In Ontario, the list of fatalities is long: Stoney Lake, Dark Lake, Chemong Lake, Lake Scugog, Lake Nipigon and the Waterford North Conservation area have all claimed the lives of people who had fallen through the ice.
But not Jake Garrow.
In January, Garrow was clearing snow off an ice road on Deception Bay, near Kenora, Ont., when the ice gave way.
Trapped in his skid-steer loader, Garrow had to break the back window of his vehicle with his elbow and escape.
But by that point, Garrow was already at the bottom of the -30 degree lake.
"It's very quiet. There's nothing ... I guess you can say it's peaceful under there,'" he recounts to Anna Maria Tremonti.
'I was about halfway up when I could see the light, and I could see ice — everywhere.' - Jake Garrow
Against all odds, Garrow survived — only to then be ignored by nine passing vehicles on the nearest road.
He tells the whole story on The Current.
This segment was produced by The Current's John Chipman and Shannon Higgins.