This weekend past, your product saved my parents’ lives. Thank you.
My dad has had a Leatherman on his hip for years. We live in Nova Scotia, Canada and the outdoors are his passion and his life.
Last Friday, he and my mom headed to our cottage, which is across a lake, as they often do on weekends. At this time of year, the lake freezes and they take a 4-wheeler across to get there. They had settled in by about 7pm when they decided to make a trip back across the lake to get something from the car. They were following tracks that other bikes had left when the ice cracked and they fell through. My mom was wearing a lot of winter layers and helmet so all the extra weight sent her straight under. My dad pulled her back up and took the helmet off.
They trod water for 10 minutes, slowly freezing in the darkness, saying their final goodbyes to each other. They thought those would be their last moments together. It was then that my dad remembered the Leatherman on his hip. He opened it, threw it up and dug into the ice, attempting to pull himself up onto the hard ice, which broke off sending him back into the water. But as the large chunk floated to the surface, it brought his torso with it. He was able to throw the Leatherman into the solid ice again and drag himself up out of the water. He then swivelled on his belly, and reached for my mum who had all but given up by then.
According to all survival guides and training, what my dad did next should have been impossible. Holding my mum’s arm in one hand and the other using the Leatherman to anchor him into the ice, he was able to haul her up onto solid ice too. They then made the 1 1/2 mile walk back across the lake to the cottage, my dad with only one shoe.
The fact that they survived the ordeal without any frostbite or hypothermia (just a lot of sore muscles and joints) is unfathomable. The fact they survived at all though is most certainly thanks to the Leatherman.
Halifax, NS, Canada