Boy, 3, Survives River Ride in Toy Car

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Demetrius Jones

Demetrius Jones took his electric toy truck for a ride down a river near Peace Island Park in Canada. Credit:

When three-year-old Demetrius Jones went missing on Sunday morning from his family's campsite in Canada's Peace Island Park, no one figured that he was taking a Tom Sawyer-style adventure. Turns out, the tot floated 12 kilometers, about eight miles, along the Peace River in his toy truck, wearing nothing but a diaper and t-shirt. No life jacket.

Luckily, all's well that ends well: Demetrius is fine after being rescued by other campers on the scene and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. After a two-hour search, the boy was found "kneeling on all fours on top of the car," which had overturned. According to Canadian TV, "the youngster was reportedly back on his toy truck by the end of the day."

Some two hours after the lad had gone missing, boater Don Loewen noticed something strange on the river bank.

"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," Loewen told CTV British Columbia. "We spotted something sitting on the east banks that looked like some rocks or an eagle or something."

The supposed rocks were the toy truck's tires.

"And what we thought was an eagle or something was the little boy's blond head sticking up there," said Loewen.

The boy was perched on all fours on top of the car, which was sitting in about nine feet of water.

Commenters on CTV's web site were divided over whether or not to blame Demetrius' grandparents for not realizing that the boy was wandering around unsupervised.

What do you think? Were the grandparents negligent? Or is this just a case of "kids will be kids"?


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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.