Nova Scotia mom saves child from sinking car

A Hansport, N.S. mother miraculously pulled her daughter from a car that was sinking into an icy pond Sunday.

Ashley Holland had thought she was going to die when she hit a patch of black ice, sending her car hurtling into the pond, according to CBC. But Holland managed to get out and haul her four-year-old daughter, Macy, out of the car just as freezing water was rushing in all around them.

“When something like that happens, it’s like your parental instincts just kick in, right? And you do what you need to do to get your child to safety,” Holland told CBC.

Once she freed her daughter, the two swam to safety and flagged down a passing driver, who called 911. Firefighters, who happened to be driving by at the time, stopped and gave the pair warm clothes and blankets.

“You see stories like this on the news all the time, you know through winter and even in the summer, and it’s like a lot of them don’t make it,” Holland told CBC. “So I’m just thankful that, you know, we did.”