“What do you say at that point? Please don’t let me die,” Bryce Kenning told a King reporter on Friday, one day after plunging nose-first in his car into the Skagit River.
Kenning, 20, who plays hockey at the University of British Columbia, was driving across the I-5 Skagit River Bridge on Thursday night when the bridge deck gave way under his car.
“The first thing I tried to do was get out of my driver’s side door, and it wouldn’t open,” he said. “At this point it was almost completely submerged in water. Second thing was the windshield, I tried to kick it out, but that was almost completely submerged in water as well.”
Kenning was able to climb out of the window on to the roof of his orange Subaru and waited for the rescue boats.
“When I first hit the water it was a panic, you know?” he said. “Immediately you just want to get out.”
“I had so much adrenaline going at that point, the temperature didn’t even bother me, at first,” Kenning said. It was when he was waiting for 45 minutes for rescue that he began to feel the cold.
“I started shivering and shaking uncontrollably, that was pretty scary.”
He has some bumps and bruises and a possible concussion, but otherwise he is fine.
Three people went into the water that night, and all three were rescued and taken to hospital.
“Walking away from something like that with that little wrong with you is pretty miraculous,” he said.