(6 April 2003, Quebec, Canada) Denis, described as a "woodsman," was
previously nominated for an Honorable Mention for trying to adopt a bear
cub as a pet. He stole "Buddy Bear" from its snarling mother and dragged
it behind his jet-ski to subdue it. Quebec, the only Canadian province
with no animal protection laws, was unable to prosecute Denis for that
incident. But in a karmic inevitability, Denis is again in the spotlight.
During the spring thaw, Denis found himself fascinated by the ice floes
drifting rapidly down the Gatineau River near Ottawa. Shortly thereafter,
a downstream resident was cleaning her car, "when someone ran up to report
a man floating downriver on a little piece of ice." That man, of course,
was Denis. "After we called 911 we went to watch. He was traveling pretty
quick because the water is fast."
Denis's impulsive ride ended where the ice floes piled up on a hydro-boom
strung across the river, above a set of rapids. This left him stranded on
a 15-foot cake of ice in the middle of the frosty Gatineau River. Two
young men in a rowboat rescued our adventurer, thereby preventing him from
capturing a Darwin Award that day.
When police asked him what he was thinking, Denis said, "I just felt like
going for a ride."
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Reference: Low Down to Hull and Back News, www.snowgoer.com