• Jul 14, 2009


We can't remember our third birthday, but we're pretty sure it wasn't as exciting as the big day of a young man from British Columbia, Canada. Demetrius Jones was celebrating The Big 3 with a ride in his battery powered toy pickup truck when he went missing from his family's campground.

After a two hour search, the boy was found floating on top of his toy truck in the Peace River an amazing eight miles away. When rescue volunteers found the boy, he was on his hands and knees on top of the overturned truck in over nine feet of water. The boy, wearing only a t-shirt and diaper, was dry above the knees and other than some minor sun exposure, he was perfectly healthy.

The National Post reported that police were called to the scene and the boy was brought back to his parents in a police car. One observer told the Post that the boy appeared to be more excited about being able to ride in a police car than he was about being rescued. After he returned to the campsite with his amphibious truck (who knew they floated?), he got back behind the wheel that night. Sounds like a future Autoblogger if you ask us.

[Sources: CTV; The Globe and Mail; The National Post]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That is one growing up Petrolhead.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That kid is gangsta!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This kid rocks.
      Sounded like he had a lot of fun.
      When I was a little kid I went all over the place and had lots of fun with my friends without our parents around.
      I did not grow up in a country full of pedophiles like this one.
      Thank God.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's smart, (except for the part about driving so far away), calm, cool, collected, and loves to drive. Good to see a happy ending of course.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad the kid is OK, but his parents are idiots.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sometimes kids just wander off. The only way to keep them near with absolute success is to leash them. You just hope they'll outgrow the wander off stage without completely disappearing. Our youngest has just about made it (she's five).
      • 5 Years Ago
      some people on here need to lighten the f_ck up...


      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_new_black


      i have never made a racist comment in my life. hell, my partner is of a different race!



      i'm looking at you; those who have "jumped the gun*"

      (*please no NRA references either. this is also a colloquialism)

      • 5 Years Ago
      Three years old and in diapers? No wonder they gave him a toy truck: he's retarded.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What an awesome story! The kid probably loved every second of it! I cant believe the truck stayed afloat and the kid ended up on the bottom of it almost completely dry!!

      Future monster truck ralley participant perhaps??
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the 'Ring time in one of those?
        • 5 Years Ago
        id say a few days, though we'd need to get a big wheel engineer to run it through, not one of these hotshot 3 year old drivers.

        Oh and thats with a rolling start ;D
      • 5 Years Ago
      sounds more like a case for Childrens Aid to me!!



      poor parenting is the new black!
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        Racist Punk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "black" in the fashion sense, not the skin color people...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, cuz good parenting equals keeping your child locked in a clean room where no harm can come to him at all.
        Ever considered that maybe getting lost as a kid is a valuable learning experience for survival in the real world?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need to pass a couple of tests and have a license to drive but any freaking idiot can be a mommy or daddy. And plenty of them are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I find your comment extremely offensive. No need to explain.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol, "is the new black" is an old fashion joke guys not a racist thing.
        I agree though the parents did a pretty bad job. No you don't need to keep your kids locked up indoors all the time, but when your kid is still in diapers maybe you shouldn't let him friggin' drive an electric jeep right NEXT TO A FRIGGIN' RIVER unattended.
        Somewhat unsurprisingly the top cause of kids dying is actually drowning in swimming pools.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds to me like a whole lot of odds got beat here...

      First, I'm guessing that it must be a reasonably gentle current, for the kid to have stayed on top. The fact that it was overturned suggests that, rather than 'staying dry,' the boys clothes dried out, after several hours in the sun. He would have had to have climbed onto it FROM the water, since it's doubful he rode it into the water on its roof.

      He would also have to have stayed pretty still, to keep the truck from rolling over in the water.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The Peace is a high volume, fairly large river, so the current is usually fairly strong anyways.

        They had lots of rain in the last week, so the level was up with lots of trees and such in the river.

        Lucky indeed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And to top it all off, the truck still ran after the whole ordeal!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is not what I would expect Demetrius Jones to look like.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Another racist comment on the same thread. Demetrius is a GREEK name people. It's not a black name. You know, Demeter... the Greek God? Sheeze. What's with you people today? And I thought that car guys were different.
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