GPS Directs California Couple onto Snow-covered Forest Road
On Saturday, January 23, Oleg Donskov of Sacramento called 911 after he and his wife, following their GPS, ended up stranded on a snow-covered mountain road without heat, food or water. The two were traveling from their home to Fort Bragg, a city on the Mendocino Coast.
According to Glenn County Search and Rescue, a team in four-wheel-drive Jeeps located the couple on Forest Highway 7 above Masterson’s Campground approximately 30 minutes past the location where the road ended. The pair continued following their GPS even though the road ended and they were driving on a non-maintained portion of the highway covered in almost two feet of snow.
“In the event GPS directs you to a non-maintained road, it is best to turn around and ask for directions or re-route to maintained roadways,” a rescue spokesperson advised.
In December, a Washington state couple found themselves stranded in a snowbank when their GPS led them down a forest service road in Skamania County, Washington.
Sources: Stephen Corace, Fox News, January 26, 2021; and KGW, December 2, 2020.
Last Edit: Jan 27, 2021 22:55:46 GMT -5 by JoannaB