A little boy walked two miles across snowy wastes in minus 30C cold after watching his dad die when his snowmobile tumbled into an ice hole The astonishing Christmas walk in the Khabarovsk region, Russia meant that the three-year-old saved himself from certain death Yevgeny Vlasov, 53, had picked his son up from nursery and went with him to inspect an ice hole for fishing He left the boy on the bank of the River Gur, some 4,490 miles east of Moscow, as he turned the snowmobile but it fell into the fast flowing river because the ice was not as thick as he had expected The boy – not yet named – said his father shouted to him: “Son, run to the shop” before he went under The family own a shop in Kenay village in Khabarovsk region – and the boy obediently followed his father’s final instruction Head of the village administration Yury Anekhov said: “The child saw his father sinking “The boy later told me that his father shouted to him: ‘Son, run to the shop!’. “They have their own shop in the village, and Yevgeny told him to go there “The boy climbed a hillock, and then came down from it – its height is about 300 metres (985 ft) “Then he walked through the taiga.” The boy followed the tracks of his father’s snowmobile but then lost the path, reported The Siberian Times He was walking in a temperature of minus 30C – colder than ever recorded in Britain He mistakenly took a wrong track but by chance was spotted by a local man who used it as a shortcut The man said: “He doesn’t speak too well yet – he’s too young – so he couldn’t tell me what happened “I just understood that it was something really bad, and rushed to the village to find his family ” The man said: “The little one was so smart. He had figured that the way back home was to follow the traces of his dad’s snowmobile ” He reunited the boy with his mother Maria. A day later the child succumbed to a “very strong fever”, he said Vlasov was a successful local businessman owning a chain of shops. Local police chief Alexander Kolomytsev said that the chances of finding the body were slight It was a “fast mountain river” and was impossible to use divers in the search.