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GPS Tracking Disaster: Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific

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 I don't care what the GPS said, I would not drive into the water.

Three Japanese tourists in Australia found themselves in an embarrassing situation after their GPS navigation system lured them down the wrong path.

The three, who are students from Tokyo, set out to drive to North Stradbroke Island on the Australian coast Thursday morning, and mapped out their path on their GPS system.

The road looked clear, at low tide - but the map forgot to show the 9 miles of water and mud between the island and the mainland.

As the three drove their rented Hyundai Getz into Moreton Bay, they found the GPS device guiding them from a gravel road into thick mud.  They tried to get back to solid ground, but as the tide rose they were forced to abandon their car.  Passengers on passing ferries watched in amazement.

"It told us we could drive down there," Yuzu Noda, 21, told the local Bayside Bulletin. "It kept saying it would navigate us to a road. We got stuck . . . there's lots of mud."

Noda and her friends made it about 50 yards offshore before they realized they were stranded. A tow truck driver eventually gave them a lift back to the mainland. The students decided not to have the car repaired because of the damage. The car was insured, though Noda will still have to pay about $1,500 that was not covered.

The students will fly back home to Tokyo this weekend, but they said they plan to try a trip to the island again some time in the future.

"We want to come back to Australia again," Noda told the Times. "Everyone is very nice, even today."

http://news.yahoo.com/gps-tracking-disaster-japanese-tourists-drive-straight-pacific-172043575--abc-news.html

 

by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Replies (11-20):
lga1965
by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM

 Hahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa ! How dumb is that?

Cake.Lady
by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Lmfao!!

GoddessNDaRuff
by Silver Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM

umm common sense didn't kick in huh?

EireLass
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 1:21 PM
1 mom liked this

Dumb is in all countries.

YeahSoWhat
by Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Did they not see the water coming at them ? Idiots!

caito
by Silver Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 3:32 PM

GPS wanted us to drive through a valley to get to IKEA the other day. It was like wtffff

meriana
by Platinum Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 3:37 PM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting SuperChicken:

They live on an Island for goodness sake.  How could they not know what the ocean was?

Or mud. Common sense should also tell you not to try and drive a Hyundai Getz thru mud, especially when an ocean is at the end of it.

Not_A_Native
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM

You can't fix stupid.

iluv2meow
by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 3:59 PM

LOL so much for the Japanese raising smart ones

moneysaver6
by Gold Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Wow.

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