Satnav leaves US couple stranded

A US couple who followed their car's satellite navigation system were left stranded in snowdrifts on an isolated forest road on Christmas Day.

John Rhoads, 65, and his wife, Starry Bush-Rhoads, 67, were stuck for three days in snowdrifts while driving back home to Reno from Oregon.

In the town of Silver Lake, the GPS directed them to take a right turn which led to a forest service road. The couple followed the road for 35 miles before getting stuck.

Sheriff's deputies found the stranded couple on Sunday and rescued them by pulling out their four-wheel-drive truck out of the snow with a winch.

Sheriff Tim Evinger said that the couple has carried food, water and warm clothes and were well-equipped for winter travel.

Commenting on the satnav, the sheriff said: "It will give you options to pick the shortest route. You certainly get the shortest route. But it may not be a safe route."

Mrs Bush Rhoads said: "It will be (a Christmas) we remember the rest of our lives.

"They said if they didn't find us 'til this time next spring, we wouldn't be happy."

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