A couple became stranded for three days after being led off track by their GPS device.
Grants Pass, Oregon (WiredPRNews.com) – A couple became stranded in the snow for three days after their GPS unit led them off course. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the couple, John Rhoads, 65, and his wife, Starry Bush-Rhoads, 67, were stranded in their SUV after their vehicle navigational system sent them to a remote location; however, a cell phone enabled GPS later helped get them to safety.
Starry Bush-Rhoads is quoted by the AP as stating of the incident, “It will be (a Christmas) we remember the rest of our lives… They said if they didn’t find us ’til this time next spring, we wouldn’t be happy.” The couple reportedly had food, warm clothing, and water with them, which may have helped save their lives.
As noted in the report, the couple eventually made it safely to their home in Nevada after a weak cell phone signal helped them send their location to 911 dispatchers.
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