Skier plunges into -15c Lake Baikal while skiing on top of thin ice
A skier had a lucky escape after he plummeted through the ice of a Siberian lake – into the freezing -15C water.
Sergey Ivanov and his friends had been meandering along the frozen Lake Baikal when he hit a patch of thin ice.
As the ice quickly broke up around him, Sergey was plunged into the icy waters – and can be heard struggling for air as the cold takes his breathe away.
He said: “There was no time to think. I made a jerk to the side and grabbed the ski pole. I got out on the ice with difficulty.
“To be honest, I wasn’t scared, probably because I did not have time to think.”
The unfortunate incident was captured for posterity on Sergey’s GoPro camera.
He can be seen scrambling for something to grasp as he looks to haul himself out of the water.
The situation could have turned deadly had Sergey’s quick thinking friend not come to the rescue, helping pull him out using a ski pole.
Sergey, from Irkutsk, around 40 miles from Lake Baikal, explained: “It was lucky there was a reliable friend next to me.”
Temperatures in the region can normally dip as low as -30C with a strong wind. But warmer winter weather has seen ice in some places become as thin as 5cm.
Sergey added: “My clothes became frozen instantly. I came ashore and changed in my car, before heading home.
“My relatives didn’t even notice anything, but were surprised that I was back so soon.”