An Algoma man told a Milwaukee TV station “It could have been really bad” after his beloved truck broke through the ice of Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“I was driving on the ice, and as soon as went through, the water came right to the mirrors,” Dan Hill said to WTMJ-TV in this report. “It dropped fast. Luckily, I was taught not to wear my seat belt and keep the driver’s side window open, in case of this. I had the window open, so I bailed right away, and pulled myself out the car to safety. Then I watched the car sink fast. It could have been really bad.”

Hill was not injured, but the year-old Cadillac Escalade is considered a total loss.