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Sticky, wet, embarrassing end after 500 metre mud drive

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Dodgy GPS systems have claimed three more victims, after a trio of Japanese tourists tried to reach Stradbroke Island off Australia’s Gold Coast in a small car.

The Bayside Bulletin and Redland Times report that the three, despite the presence of lots and lots of water between their origin and intended destination, took their rented GPS unit at its word and drove across a stinking sub-tropical mudflat with the intention of reaching Stradbroke Island, some 15 kilometres away.

One of the tourists said the GPS insisted the drive was possible, so they followed its advice.

An incoming tide didn’t help matters and the end, when it came, was wet, sticky and embarrassing.

An auto club tow truck was unable to retrieve the rented vehicle.

The three plan to return to Australia and are now aware that most tourists reach Stradbroke Island by ferry. ®

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