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TikTok User 'Almost Dies' While Swimming Under Ice On Lake

TikTok User 'Almost Dies' While Swimming Under Ice On Lake

Warning: Act of serious stupidity

A TikTok user shared a terrifying video of him 'almost dying' after he became trapped under a thick sheet of ice while swimming in Utah, US.

Jason Clark, who has more than 419,000 followers, posted the breathtaking clip to his channel, showing him taking a dip in the frozen lake.

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With his girlfriend Abby McDonald standing above him on the ice and filming the entire stunt, Jason sets off on the first length before turning around and making his way back to the hole.

However, he quickly becomes disoriented and swims past the exit. Fortunately, after a few moments of sheer panic, he makes it back just in the nick of time, gasping heavily as he plunges out of the water.

Speaking about his pretty idiotic brush with death, the social media star told The Mirror: "I have never been this close to dying. I didn't think my eyeballs would freeze so quick.

"The surface of the water where the hole was didn't look any different than the bottom of the ice. When I flipped around and felt solid ice I thought I was at the hole."

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One of Jason's most vital mistakes - aside from trying to swim in a frozen lake - was that he had tried to track his way back to the hole by following the dust thrown up by his strokes.

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Jason got lost while taking a dip in a frozen lake in Utah. Credit: TikTok
Jason got lost while taking a dip in a frozen lake in Utah. Credit: TikTok

Unfortunately for Jason, the dust tracks had drifted in the water, causing him to swim further away from the hole in the ice. Kind of like a really s*** Hansel and Gretel .

Jason said: "I then tried to break the ice with my back, you can see in the video. I don't know what made me turn around one last time.

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"I was so short on breath I couldn't really see anymore. I had accepted that was it and I wasn't going to make it.

"I swung my hand at what I thought was just a lighter spot of ice and my hand came through. I then got a tonne of energy to stand up. It took 2-3 breaths to regain my vision after resurfacing."

Watching the whole thing unfold, partner Abby thought Jason was joking around and pranking her.

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He said: "When there are scary moments I joke a lot. She genuinely thought it was another one of my jokes and didn't recognise the severity of the situation."

Again, it should go without saying but people like this are proof that it doesn't... don't go swimming in frozen lakes.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok

Topics: US News, tiktok

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]