Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 21, 2009 -- Dressed only in a nappy, three years old Demetrius Jones survived a tumultuous 12 km ride down the Peace River.
Demetrius was staying in his Grandmother's holiday trailer in Peace Island Park, Taylor, in British Columbia, Canada, with his parents in a tent next door. While the family slept, Demetrius drove his, battery powered bright red miniature Chevrolet Silverado truck down the boat ramp into the Peace River. He was celebrating his third birthday.
Swept along by the eddying current, the tiny truck flipped on its back. Demetrius somehow managed to hang on and rode it down the swirling river. Together with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, friends, the local police neighbours and family combed the area.
Demetrius' Grandmother, Anita Neudorf said "We all expected the worst".
Don Loewen was one of the five men in the boat who found Demetrius, three hours after the boy had gone missing. He said "We just kept going down the river watching all the log jams and keeping our eyes out for any sign of the car or the boy. We figured with the current and all, if he had been gone about 2 hours, he could well be 12 -15 kilometers downstream".
Demetrius was founded kneeling on the half-submerged upside-down truck. At first the men thought the fair head belonged to an eagle, sitting in some rocks on the edge of the river, until they moved their boat closer. "He wasn't crying or whimpering, or anything".
"He seemed pretty excited to be dealing with the police. I don't think he realized the gravity of what had just occurred". said Constable Jackelynn Passarell. Demetrius appeared more upset about leaving his truck behind.
He asked when he could return to his 'boat'. Demetrius was cold, but none the worse for his wild adventure, after being treated for hypothermia at the local hospital.
"His trucks mean the world to him and I believe that's what saved him â he wasn't letting go of the truck for love or for money", said Mrs. Neudorf. When the truck was rescued from the river, it was still in fine working condition.
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