Tourists follow GPS to nowhere

Submitted: Friday, May 07, 2010 at 10:00
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From News-Mail in Bundy

Tourists follow GPS to nowhere
7th May 2010
THREE Korean tourists sparked a manhunt after getting lost in the Cordalba State Forest while trying to follow their GPS system’s directions from Brisbane to Rockhampton.

“They followed gravel roads, then dirt roads, then went through a couple of gates, and ended up bogged in a gully,” Childers Police officer in charge Sergeant Geoff Fay told the NewsMail.

At one point, the men ignored danger signs and moved rocks blocking a road, to get to an isolated point that Sgt Fay said was “practically inaccessible”.

After becoming bogged, they tried and failed to get their stuck Ford Falcon free from the mud before making another dangerous decision.

They left their vehicle, and walked several kilometres through the forest trying to find a spot with mobile phone reception.

Bundaberg Police Station received a triple-0 call about 1am on Wednesday, alerting them to the drama that had unfolded in the state forest near Booyal.

Sgt Fay was sent out in the middle of the night to conduct a search for the stranded men.

“We had an approximate GPS location for them, but it was in an area that was extremely difficult to get into — practically inaccessible — and we couldn’t find them,” Sgt Fay said

Adding to the complications, the men could not speak English, and required a translator on the telephone to determine their exact situation.

The search continued through the night, with Bundaberg Regional Council staff also called in to help.

The tourist’s vehicle was found shortly after 7am, more than six hours after the emergency call, by a council worker.

“The men were found a short distance away a short time later,” Sgt Fay said.

“They’d gone onto a dirt road that had signs up saying ‘danger, no entry’, and they’d moved rocks off the road to get through.”

But the three men were not the only ones to rely on their GPS systems rather than their common sense.

Sgt Fay said another potentially-dangerous situation occurred about a month ago when backbackers from Bundaberg also got lost in the forest after following their navigational tool.

“People need to know how to use their GPS and navigation systems,” he said.

“They also need to use their self-preservation skills, and turn back if something looks wrong or if signs don’t match what appears on their GPS.”

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Reply By: Voxson - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 10:35

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 10:35

Some more oxygen thieves that failed blocks and plasticine at kindy......
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Follow Up By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 11:44

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 11:44
Yeah maybe, but if you are travelling in Queensland, isn't that the same as travelling nowhere?? LOL
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 13:35

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 13:35
This is becoming all too common an occurance & highlights two key issues. First the degree to which people rely on the GPS as their sole navigation tool choosing not to carry a map that would give them an overall view of where they are going & secondly the inaccuracy of some of the systems & poor ground checking that allows ridiculous routes to be chosen. Living in rural Vic we are asked for directions almost every month with people stopped on the side of the road questioning where their navigation devices are telling them to go. Of all the units Voxon would have to have the to be the worst, one couple on a route two hours off course from Sydney to Gippsland via North East Vic :-) When selecting rural routes particually off the main Highways I'd estimate most navigators would choose a longer distance than possible (as it's first option) more than 50% of the time.
Cheers Craig.................
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Reply By: ross - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:35

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:35
Its really australia's fault for not making sure tourists dont get lost.
We should be educating them before they leave the airport so they dont get into predicaments like this.
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Follow Up By: Redmer - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:17

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:17
Are you serious ? How do you think that would be possible. Many people are just so plain ignorant (or stupid). You'd expect SOME common sense...
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Follow Up By: ross - Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 01:00

Saturday, May 08, 2010 at 01:00
They are not igrant or stupid,they juss dont speak english.
We should have a national sorry day for lost tourosts
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Reply By: steve21 - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:50

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:50
considering the state of our 3rd world roads i find this quite Plausible...
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:10

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:10
Buy cheap Korean GPS pack bags but not brains (extra weight for Tiger air) then go to Ors tra lya and follow it blindly.
Bit like going sky diving with untethered bungee rope.......

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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:47

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 17:47

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Follow Up By: Hairs & Fysh - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 19:56

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 19:56
What are you trying to say Doug?

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Reply By: Skippy In The GU - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:59

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 21:59
Isn't this story a few years old now, just like the Motorhome put on cruise control
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Follow Up By: cycadcenter - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:24

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 22:24

It happened this week, evidently they missed the turn at Apple Tree Creek and went on the Bundaberg Road by mistake. the road to Cordalba is just a couple of miles down the road and their GPS tried to correct them and take them through Cordalba back to the Bruce Highway,

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