A driver “trying to impress” a passenger sunk his Jeep into Lake Ontario after his off-roading adventure took a wrong turn Tuesday morning, Toronto police say.
It took officers more than two hours to pull the stranded vehicle from two-feet of water at Cherry Beach after the driver drove onto the ice, not realizing he had left the snow-covered road. .
“Someone decided to off-road because they were driving a Jeep,” Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told CBC Toronto.
“The driver was trying to impress a passenger. I think it was someone trying to be adventurous,” she added.
Toronto police called in the marine unit to assist with the rescue around 8:15 a.m, after it was deemed “too risky for a tow truck to pull it out.”
Both the driver and passenger got out of the vehicle and no injuries were reported, Douglas-Cook said.
No charges were laid.
Marine Unit & @TPS51Div responding to jeep stranded on beach/lake @ Cherry Beach Park. #54710 ^vk
Jeep driver wandered off-road. Didn’t realize under snow was lake. Will face tow-bill. #ItsaJeepThing #54710 ^vk