Google's Waze Directs Jeep to the Bottom of Lake Champlain Jan 24, 2018 12:21:42 GMT -5 kitty likes this
Post by Graveyardbride on Jan 24, 2018 12:21:42 GMT -5
Google’s Waze Directs Jeep to the Bottom of Lake Champlain
BURLINGTON, Vt. – It sounds like a breathtaking scene from a movie: Friends from Connecticut on a ski vacation in Vermont get lost, turn on their GPS and next thing you know, they find themselves in a lake. Well, that’s exactly what happened earlier this month.
“I was speechless,” said Tara Guertin, owner of the Jeep that had an unexpected run-in with Lake Champlain. “My first thing was, ‘Is everybody OK?’ because this could have had a very bad ending and luckily, everybody was alright.”
According to Guertin, her three pals were following directions provided by Google’s Waze as they drove through fog and rain on Friday, January 12. Waze GPS combines pre-set directions with updates from users on everything from traffic slowdowns to speed traps to steer drivers in the right direction.
Except it wasn’t the right direction: It was right off a boat launch near a local Coast Guard station into the icy waters of Lake Champlain. Luckily, all three occupants managed to escape. Of course, the vehicle sank to the bottom of the lake.
Donley’s Underwater Salvage called in diver Pierre Larocque, who said the job presented some challenges. Nevertheless, on Monday, January 22, Larocque began his difficult task: flipping the vehicle over and then pulling it out – all underwater. “Typically, when a vehicle goes through the ice,” he explained, “it goes down nose first. The weight of the engine takes it down.” But he doesn’t remove a lot of cars from waterways in the wintertime because of the ice. However, a sunken vehicle in this particular location at the Coast Guard station is dangerous because vessels could hit it with disastrous results.
After 10 days and five hours, the Jeep finally emerged from the water and now that her vehicle is out of the lake, Guertin is happy to put this unpleasant experience behind her. “I’m like amazed, and I think I’m going to have to buy him [Larocque] a bottle of something,” she said.
Sources: Connor Cyrus, WCAX, January 22, 2018, and Jenn Girman, Newser, January 24, 2018.