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GPS Tracking Disaster: Japanese Tourists Drive Straight into the Pacific
by LauraKW
March 17, 2012 at 11:13 AM

 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."



  • Donna6503
    March 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    Sometimes there is an advantage to having "common sense."
  • .Diddles.
    March 17, 2012 at 11:18 AM
    Wow, common sense would tell you to stay clear of water unless you are in a proper vehicle. Yea, blame it on the GPS, lol.
  • LokisMama
    March 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM


    I had mapquest tell me to take a right turn into a lake.  I didn't.

    People need to pay attention to their surroundings, not just their gps.

  • DeniseHarrison
    March 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM
  • TCgirlatheart
    March 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    Doesn't Google usually tell you to take a jetski over water? lol
  • Veni.Vidi.Vici.
    March 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM



  • SuperChicken
    March 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM

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

  • LokisMama
    March 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Yes, take a jetski.

    Not drive your car into the ocean. :-p

    Quoting TCgirlatheart:

    Doesn't Google usually tell you to take a jetski over water? lol

  • Peanutx3
    March 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM


  • JoshRachelsMAMA
    March 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    Directions from Los Angeles to Japan via google maps

    Read #15 & # 31

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