Ellie Goulding was traveling through Norway when the singer found out the hard way that the frozen lake she was traveling on had spots of thin ice. Unfortunately Goulding found that out too late to save her vehicle and her belongings inside, but she and her photographer got out just as the vehicle was submerging.
According to The Huffington Post on January 27, it was an “early encounter with death” as Goulding and her photographer climbed through the top of the vehicle and “escaped through the icy waters” of the now cracked lake. Goulding and Conor McDonnell, who is a photographer traveling with the singer photographer her tour, were riding over the lake enjoying the sights of the wilderness when the ice cracked all around them.
It was bitter cold with temperatures hovering around -25 degrees and they were miles away from civilization. You can imagine the level of fright that the two experienced in this brush with death. They watched the car slowly get swallowed up by the lake until there was nothing, the vehicle was completely submerged and gone for good, according to the BBC News.
These two true survivalists managed to hold on to their phones and were able to snap pictures of the vehicle going under. They posted the pictures on Instagram. They were driving a “belt wagon,” called a BV206, which appears to be a SUV.
McDonnell wrote in the caption of his Instagram picture: “That moment when you’re in -25 in the middle of nowhere in Norway in the pitch black and your belt wagon crashes through the ice in the middle of a lake and you have to emergency evacuate through the roof.” He continues with, “Oh s**t we’re in’ was my first thought. Second was to take photos. We were in the front cabin. That is pretty much under water in this photo. A few minutes later it was all completely gone under the water and ice for good.”
Goulding posted as a caption on her Instagram pictures: “Throwback to a few weeks ago when myself and @conormcdphoto nearly ended up in a lake in -30,” Goulding also wrote, “Note to self don’t drive a BV206 over a frozen lake.”
After the ordeal Goulding and McDonnell were left with only pictures of the car going under and the realization of how lucky they are to still be here. They weren’t going to make this harrowing ordeal public knowledge, but they decided it was “too mad of a story not to tell,” claims McDonnell.
Goulding also posted a new picture of herself to Instagram kicking back and wearing a T-Shirt that clearly says “Don’t Panic.” That is great advice, especially after Goulding and McDonnell are probably alive today because they kept their cool while getting out of the partially submerged vehicle.