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Island-bound tourists follow GPS into ocean

March 16, 2012, 10:57 amYahoo! New Zealand

Three tourists in Australia found themselves in deep water -literally - when they followed their GPS instructions and attempted to drive to an island.

Island-bound tourists follow GPS into ocean
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Three tourists in Australia found themselves in deep water - literally - when they followed their GPS instructions and attempted to drive to an island.

The Japanese tourists were attempting to get to North Stradbroke Island, 30km south-east of Brisbane, when they drove their hire car into Moreton Bay during low tide, the Brisbane Times reports.

The GPS unit had neglected to mention there is 15 kilometres and of sea and mud between the mainland and the island.

Yuzu Noda, 21, told the Times the navigation system "told us we could drive down there".

"It kept saying it would navigate us to a road. We got stuck . . . there's lots of mud."

They had travelled about 500 metres into the mud before they realised their predicament.

At about 11am they sought help, retrieved their belongings and abandoned the car. By 3pm it was in two metres of water.

Yuzu and her friends Tomonari Saeki and Keita Osada ended up getting a ride back to the Gold Coast with a tow truck driver who was called in.

He assessed the situation and decided it was too risky to attempt to retrieve the car.


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