GPS navigators are a pretty amazing invention, and they’ve totally changed the way we approach driving. Back in the day, if you wanted to take a trip to somewhere you’d never been before, you better know your way there – or have a map handy and know how to read it. Now, you can just punch an address into your GPS and it’ll automatically plot a course for you, and give you step-by-step, turn-by-turn directions all the way there. How convenient, right?
Although as this woman found out on Thursday night, it does still help to know at least a little bit about where you’re going.
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To be fair, the weather was a big factor in this incident up in Tobermory. From Yahoo! News:
Police say following the instructions from a GPS on a foggy night left an Ontario woman taking an unplanned swim in Georgian Bay.
The 23-year-old woman from Kitchener, Ont., was following a route on her car’s GPS while driving in the dark on Thursday night in Tobermory, Ont., according to provincial police.
Const. Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert said driving conditions were difficult as the woman approached a boat launch on Little Tub Harbour near midnight, with rain and fog making visibility difficult.
As a result, Rubinstein-Gilbert said the woman made a wrong turn with dramatic consequences. “How the launch works, it’s not an airborne thing. It’s not ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’ It kind of goes off the road and the launch just drops all of a sudden,” she said. “So she would have been driving on the road, and then all of a sudden just dropped and hit water.”
Having visited Tobermory myself in the not-too-distant past, I almost immediately recognized where she went in when I saw this photo:
Rubinstein-Gilbert said the car stayed afloat long enough for the woman to roll down the window, grab her purse and swim about 30 metres to shore. Once there, she walked to the nearest hotel and summoned police, she said.
The car, meanwhile, sank completely, prompting the Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont., to issue a broadcast instructing boats not to approach that launch for fear of being damaged by the submerged vehicle.
The Ministry of the Environment and members of RCC Trenton were notified. The Toyota Yaris was taken out of the water on Friday morning.
The driver escaped without a problem and did not suffer from hypothermia from the cold water. She also declined all media requests, and understandably, she’s a little embarrassed. Frankly, I can’t blame her. If I drove the Patchback into Georgian Bay, I sure as hell wouldn’t want my name plastered everywhere.
On the lighter side, however, it’s pretty much the real-life version of this classic scene from The Office:
Oh, and in case you were wondering, alcohol was NOT a factor, and no charges are pending.