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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
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LovemyQ
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM


Quoting SuperChicken:

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

lol, good point!

katy_kay08
by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:31 PM

I'm with you...I'm going to trust what I see and not drive into the freaking ocean.  

LovemyQ
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM


Quoting JoshRachelsMAMA:

Directions from Los Angeles to Japan via google maps

Read #15 & # 31

It has you go all the way to Washington state to pick up a kayak. If i get one in CA, I could save 400 miles of driving!


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM
I know, right? Its called an Island for a reason. If there is no bridge, you can't drive to an island.

Quoting SuperChicken:

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

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Mar. 17, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oh my goodness.

At first I thought this was a joke.

Wow.

toomanypoodles
by Ruby Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

 WOW.  Just incredible. 

I will say no more.....

ecagle
by Kegel on Mar. 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

 LMAO.  Epic fail!

momoftwo0406
by on Mar. 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

OMG common sence would kill some people

one_on_the_way
by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM

okay....in their defense -- it doesn't sound like they actually drove into water.  They were on a road which was clear at low tide....and found themselves driving into muddy road when they decided something was wrong.  THEN the tide came in and water covered the road. 

That said.....that's some funny shit.  Ha ha!

 

xo.MommyW.xo
by Silver Member on Mar. 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Dumbasses
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