More seaworthy than we thought

BC-PeaceRiver-FortStJohn_20090713A three-year-old boy survived a trip four miles downriver in a balltery-powered kiddy car.  He slipped outside at a camp site in the early morning and was gone when everyone else work up. Searchers found him 12 km down the river, sitting on his overturned car in about 3 metres of water. I suspect that he drove it into the river and got more than he bargained for. As you can see from the picture, the car is quite substantial for a toy.

Darcy Wintonyk,

A three-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after taking a wild ride down B.C.’s Peace River in a battery-powered toy truck.

Demetrius Jones floated downstream for 12 kilometres before being rescued Sunday morning. The boy was not wearing a lifejacket, just a diaper and T-shirt at the time. He went missing from his family’s campsite in the Peace Island Park just after 7 a.m. Sunday.

Campers joined Fort St. John RCMP in a full-scale search of the park to find him.Don Loewen spotted the boy more than two hours after he went missing while searching the river with four other men in his boat.


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