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Think Apple Maps is bad? Sat Nav leads woman straight into a lake

A Canadian woman made a splash last week after she drove into a lake while following GPS instructions.

The 23-year-old, who has not been named, was driving through Tobermory, Ontario at night when she approached a boat launch, Canada’s City News reports. The driver alleges that the GPS guided her down a wrong turning, leading her straight into Lake Huron.

According to Constable Katrina Rubinstein-Gilbert, the driving conditions at the time were difficult, adding: “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. So she would have been driving on the road, and then all of a sudden just dropped and hit water.”

lake huronShores of Lake Huron, near Tobermory, where the incident took place (Credit: jsmooth7/Reddit)

Police say that the car – a red Toyota Yaris – stayed afloat long enough for the woman to escape through the window and swim back to shore. She then walked to the nearest hotel and called police, who recovered the car on Friday morning.

The woman emerged from the drive-and-dunk uninjured, and even managed to save her purse while escaping the sinking vehicle. Rubenstein-Gilbert said that she was “in really good spirits” and that alcohol  was “absolutely not” involved.

It’s not clear what particular model of Sat Nav the woman involved in the incident was using, but we’d recommend steering clear of it – and lakes too, for that matter – when driving around Tobermory, Ontario.

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Have you ever been led astray by a Sat Nav or smartphone mapping software? Let us know in the comments.

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