TikTok star Jason Clark filmed moment he almost died after getting stuck under frozen lake for dumb stunt – The Sun

TIK TOK star Jason Clark says he came "close to dying" while filming a stunt for his outdoor adventure account.

Clark, who has over 415,000 followers on TikTok, shared the terrifying clip on Instagram on Monday which shows him getting trapped under a sheet of ice on a frozen lake in Utah.


The social media influencer was planning on swimming in the freezing water as part of a stunt for his followers.

After starting strong, Clark panics and soon becomes trapped under a sheet of ice.

TikTok time bomb

TIKTOK has spread like digital wildfire, snapping up over 1.5 billion users since its global launch three years ago — including millions in the UK. 

On the surface, the world's fastest-growing social media platform shows short clips of  lip-syncing to songs or showing off dance moves but there’s a far more sinister side. 

It’s become a magnet for paedophiles as well as a hotbed for violent and extremist content, with TikTok predators exploiting the platform's young user base and lax security to prey on the vulnerable.

We've seen kids as young as eight being groomed on TikTok, while other creeps take advantage of young girls posting sexualised content of themselves on the platform.

And that's especially worrying on a site which is attracting millions more children every year, with 53 per cent of kids now owning a smartphone by the age of seven.

That's why we launched our TikTok Time Bomb series — to make sure parents are aware of the risks their kids are being exposed to, and what they can do to better protect them. 

Everyone agrees that social media can be a force for good, but it has to be used the right way and with proper controls in place.

We want TikTok to better moderate its content so that it’s not being left to kids to protect themselves online.

He then desperately struggled to find a way out until the last second.

His girlfriend Abby McDonald can be heard encouraging him and saying "You got this,” unaware of the danger he’s actually in.

 

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I have never been this close to dying. I didn’t think my eyeballs would freeze so quick. The surface of the water where the hole was didn’t look any different than the bottom of the ice. When I flipped around and felt solid ice I thought I was at the hole. When I wasn’t that’s when I decided to head back and follow the dust I kicked up. The dust I kicked up had drifted and led me further away. I then tried to break the ice with my back, you can see in the video. I don’t know what made me turn around one last time. I was so short on breath I couldn’t really see anymore. I had accepted that was it and I wasn’t going to make it. I swung my hand at what I though was just a lighter spot of ice and my hand came through. I then got a ton of energy to stand up. It took 2-3 breaths to regain my vision after resurfacing. Aftermath is in the other video. ?: @abbytodolist was filming. When there are scary moments I joke a lot. She genuinely thought it was another one of my jokes and didn’t recognize the severity of the situation.

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I have never been this close to dying. I didn’t think my eyeballs would freeze so quick. The surface of the water where the hole was didn’t look any different than the bottom of the ice. When I flipped around and felt solid ice I thought I was at the hole. When I wasn’t that’s when I decided to head back and follow the dust I kicked up. The dust I kicked up had drifted and led me further away. I then tried to break the ice with my back, you can see in the video. I don’t know what made me turn around one last time. I was so short on breath I couldn’t really see anymore. I had accepted that was it and I wasn’t going to make it. I swung my hand at what I though was just a lighter spot of ice and my hand came through. I then got a ton of energy to stand up. It took 2-3 breaths to regain my vision after resurfacing. Aftermath is in the other video. ?: @abbytodolist was filming. When there are scary moments I joke a lot. She genuinely thought it was another one of my jokes and didn’t recognize the severity of the situation.

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Head into Settings > Privacy and Safety and look for the Discoverability heading at the top.

Under that you'll see a setting called Private Account. Toggle this on.

TikTok recommends your page to lots of other users to improve video circulation.

Switch the setting off and the account will no longer be recommended to other users.

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In Privacy and Safety > Safety, you can prevent other users from interacting with you.

Most of the settings are on Everyone by default, but can be changed to Friends or Off.

You can prevent interactions on comments, Duets, Reacts, users seeing which videos you've liked, and also messages.

Restricted Mode ON

Restricted Mode tries to limit age-inappropriate content from appearing for children.

It's not perfect, and works through using computer-scanning systems – so some dodgy content will inevitably be missed.

It's also possible to set a passcode to prevent your child from changing this setting later on.

You'll find this in Settings > Digital Wellbeing > Screen Time Management.

In the caption of an emotional Instagram post, a distressed Clark wrote: "I have never been this close to dying. I didn’t think my eyeballs would freeze so quick."

“When I flipped around and felt solid ice I thought I was at the hole. When I wasn’t that’s when I decided to head back and follow the dust I kicked up.

 

"I was so short on breath I couldn’t really see anymore. I had accepted that was it and I wasn’t going to make it."

Afterwards, Clark even attempted the terrifying swim a second time.

He added: “Second attempt went a little better You have to try it twice! Added a little more safety. The exit hole is almost comically big.”


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