Swimmer is caught under ice for 40 seconds while diving between two holes in the frozen surface of the lake
Swimmer is caught in ice in a terrifying brush for 40 seconds while diving between two holes in the frozen surface of the lake
- Jason Clark went swimming in frozen Bear Lake, on the border between Utah and Idaho
- He sat under the ice cover for 40 seconds before finally escaping
- Jason went to Instagram and said he thought “it was” and “almost died”
- Girlfriend Abby McDonald was mistaken about the “seriousness” of one of Jason’s jokes
This is the painful moment when a swimmer panicked when he sat in the ice for 40 seconds while diving between two holes in the frozen surface of a lake.
Video shows Jason Clark in his shorts as he prepares to dive through a hole in the ice cap that covers Bear Lake, on the Utah-Idaho border.
Referring to a second hole a few meters away, he says “that distance now looks longer and longer,” as his girlfriend Abby Mcdonald once agrees.
Jason psyches himself up as he carefully makes his way to the entrance hole, before slipping in while the icy water comes to his waist.
The swimmer takes two deep breaths and almost puts his head under water before he prophesies: “I’m afraid I will panic under the water, frankly.”
Filming says Abby: “You can do it, you can do it.”
He distracts himself when his dog comes by and asks, “Hey Dio, do you want to come in?”
Jason Clark got rid of his shorts as he prepared to dive through a hole in the ice cap over Bear Lake, on the Utah-Idaho border.
He was trapped under the ice cap for 40 seconds and started to panic while friend Abby Mcdonald – who encouraged him – continued filming
As Jason builds up the courage to swim under the ice sheet between the two holes on the surface level, she adds, “Just do it, you have this.”
He then dives under the ice cap and quickly swims close to the exit hole in 10 seconds – but completely surpasses it.
Jason claps his back and puts both hands against the ice before he swims crazy back to the entrance hole.
Jason said he “couldn’t really see anymore” and “I accepted that and I wouldn’t make it.” Jason, who jokes “when there are scary moments,” said Abby “didn’t see the seriousness of the situation” because she confused it with one of his other jokes.
He placed: ‘I have never been so close to dying. I didn’t think my eyeballs would freeze so quickly. I don’t know why I turned around again. I was so short of breath that I could no longer see it. I had accepted that it was and I would not make it ‘
However, the swimmer also misses it and searches around him for an escape route while Abby, who is audibly worried, keeps filming.
Bear Lake: The old 109 square miles ‘Caribbean of the Rockies’
Bear lake, originally called ‘Black Bear Lake’, is roughly equally divided in the western US between Utah and Idaho.
It is the ‘Caribbean of the Rockies’ because of the turquoise color, caused by the refraction of limestone deposits suspended in the water.
More than 250,000 years oldBear Lake was the home of Indians before Europeans – French-Canadian fur catchers – found the lake in 1819.
Bear Lake is known for its surrounding valley crops of raspberries and for the annual Raspberry Days festival in Garden City to celebrate the harvest of raspberries in August.
It is now popular with tourists.
After a tense 40 seconds, Jason bursts through the entrance hole as he struggles to catch his breath in the open air.
On Instagram, Jason said he “couldn’t really see anymore” and “I accepted that and I wouldn’t make it.”
Jason, who jokes “when there are scary moments,” said Abby “didn’t see the seriousness of the situation” because she confused it with one of his other jokes.
He has posted nearly 800 followers: “I’ve never been so close to dying. I didn’t think my eyeballs would freeze so quickly.
“The surface of the water where the hole was looked no different than the bottom of the ice.
“When I turned around and felt solid ice, I thought I was at the hole.
“When I was not, I decided to go back and follow the dust I picked up. The dust that I picked up had drifted away and led me further away.
“I tried to break the ice with my back, you see in the video.
“I don’t know why I turned around again. I was so short of breath that I could no longer see it.
“I had accepted that it was and I would not make it.
“I waved my hand at what I thought was just a lighter spot of ice and my hand came through. I then got a ton of energy to get up. It took 2-3 breaths to regain my eyesight after coming up again. “