Don't Believe Everything Your Navigation System Tells You
Sometimes, your portable or on board navigation system will send you in the wrong direction or tell you to turn down a street that doesn’t exist. In the case of one woman in Ontario, Canada, her GPS led her straight down a boat launch. The 23-year-old woman missed a right turn in an area she wasn’t familiar with and accidentally drove straight into the frigid waters of Georgian Bay, according to a report from ABC News.
Katrina Rubenstein-Gilbert, a media and community safety officer for the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police, said that the night the woman accidentally drove her car off the boat launch was “dark and stormy,” and had low visibility. The Toyota Yaris the woman was driving ended up under water because its momentum carried it well past the shore, according to Rubenstein-Gilbert. Luckily, the driver was able to roll down her window and escape before the power cut out. Police said that the woman was forced to swim 100 feet to shore in water that was below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, and that she had to walk to a local hotel to call for help.
According to an onlooker who was photographing the car as it was being pulled out of the water, the boat ramp leading into the bay can easily be mistaken for a street because of its width. After the vehicle was pulled out of the water, it was declared unrepairable.
This article was originally published on ABC News