Misguided Tourists Drive Into Ocean
Author: peter Date: 14 November, Category: Fact, Visits 2523
[Three Japanese tourists holidaying in Australia came unstuck when their satnav told them they could drive from the mainland to an island – failing to mention the 15 kilometres of water and mud in between.
As they drove their hired car from Moreton Bay in Queensland to nearby North Stradbroke Island they started to notice the firm gravel surface they were driving on giving way to the renowned bay mangrove mud.
However, confident their satnav would direct them to a road soon, they decided to plough on, managing to travel around 500 metres before their Hyundai Getz was up to its axles in mud.
To make matters worse the tide started to come in and soon forced them to seek help and abandon the vehicle. Just four hours later the car was stranded in two metres of water – to the great amusement of onlookers on the shore and passengers on passing boats and ferries]. – DailyMail.co.uk
Photos: Three Japanese tourists had to abandon plans to drive to Stradbroke Island off the Queensland coast when their hire car became bogged in mangrove mud, on March 15, 2012 near Stradbroke Island, Australia. The low tide and a GPS system lured the Tokyo students onto the mud flat at Oyster Point. After driving 500 metres, the Hyundai Getz was bogged up to its axles, and four hours later it was submerged in two metres of water. (Photo by Chris McCormack/Fairfax Media).