Ice fisherman and his SUV crack frozen Richibucto River and sink
Jason Lawson writes off totalled vehicle with tongue-in-cheek Kijiji ad
Jason Lawson has gone smelt fishing all his life, but what happened to him on the frozen Richibucto River this month was a first.
He and his Nissan Pathfinder fell through.
Earlier that day, the Kent County man had cut holes in the ice for smelt shacks, so he felt it was thick enough for a safe drive farther along.
It was like squeezing a marshmallow through a piggy bank.- Jason Lawson
"There was over a foot of ice where I cut the holes," said Lawson, of Main River. "So I assumed there was lots of ice further up on the flats, and I assumed wrong."
The SUV broke through the ice and sank.
"It was like squeezing a marshmallow through a piggy bank," he said.
Lucky for Lawson, the water was only about a metre deep, but it didn't minimize the damage to his vehicle, which he said is pretty much a writeoff.
"I'm guessing it's going to wind up at the junkyard because that's probably all it's good for," he said.
In case his trash was someone else's treasure, Lawson did post an ad to Kijiji, titled "Nissans don't float."
The self-deprecating advertisement fills potential buyers in on what happened: "I went for a tour on the ice and ended up in Davy Jones' locker."
Lawson said he would take the best offer or make a trade, as long as it's not for ice skates, ice cubes, ice coffee or anything to do with ice.
Not scared off
No doubt, he found humour in the accident and said there was a take-away.
"Let someone else go first, especially if you don't like them much," he joked, before adding it's a good reminder to take out your chisel to check ice depth every so often.
The incident won't deter him from his hobby.
"Of course I'll keep ice fishing," he said.
In fact, he's been since.