Video captures couple crashing through Lake Winnipeg ice in truck

Ko'ona Cochrane says her ego is bruised but at least she and her partner are safe after her truck broke through the ice while they were driving across Lake Winnipeg.

Cochrane captured the terrifying moment in a Facebook Live video, which shows the couple jumping out of their truck before it sank into the icy waters near Hecla Island, approximately 150 kilometres north of Winnipeg.

In the video, you can hear her partner telling her to "bail." 

"That's my life, take that!" Cochrane can be heard yelling, grabbing her belongings before they escaped the truck.

Cochrane and her partner live in Manigotagan, a community on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. They wanted to visit Cochrane's mother in Peguis, located to the west of the lake.

"We figured we would save two hours by going from Manigotagan across the lake," Cochrane told CBC News.

Cochrane said she has seen a lot of ice fishing shacks out on the lake, and the weather had been quite cold. The ice on the lake was at least 36 inches deep, she added.

The couple were driving when they noticed a large crack and decided to go in the opposite direction. 

"But there was another crack there and then next thing you knew our truck went down," she said. 

"My partner slowed down to avoid it but it swallowed the truck."

They couldn't open their doors because the truck was already deep in the ice, she said. Water started moving through the engine into the truck's cab, where the couple frantically grabbed what they could save. 

"He got wet but he climbed out through the window into the water. I climbed up over top of the truck," Cochrane said. 

Immediately after escaping the truck she called 911, who put her in touch with RCMP.

A wooden box with some laundry and groceries, which had been in the back of the truck, floated up in the water. But everything else, including the truck, took about a minute to sink, Cochrane said.  

The initial crack which diverted their drive started to bubble with water, so Cochrane and her partner decided to do the hour-long hike to the western shore where they were met by RCMP, conservation officers and an ambulance. 

They were cold but OK — the only thing injured was her pride, Cochrane said.

"[It's a] really, really incredibly big bruise on my ego."