SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on couple who survived six days in a remote part of southern Utah (all times local):
A Texas couple who narrowly survived after being stranded for six days on a desolate dirt road in southern Utah says they realized too late their GPS app was guiding them to the wrong spot.
KSL-TV reports that 78-year-old Helena Byler of Houston, Texas, said Friday that she sensed they were on the wrong road, but that her husband insisted on continuing.
“I told Gerry, ‘Sweetheart, this doesn’t sound right.’ And he said, ‘No it’s OK’ … He wanted to continue. See, us women know better,” she said, chuckling.
After popping a tire in their rental car and getting stuck, she says they realized the GPS app was leading them to Lake Powell trail, not the lake.
Helena Byler spoke at a hospital in St. George where her 76-year-old husband Gerald Byler is being treated in the neuro specialty rehabilitation unit.
They were found Oct. 2 by a rancher checking his cattle Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
GPS is not the navigational panacea that the advertisements would have you believe.
Article is a bit thin, but it appears she went for help and got lucky.
My policy is ‘stay with the vehicle’ but that’s because the vehicle is also where my gear is going to be. And…you need to have gear. A case of bottled water is less than $5 at WalMart.
Hard to believe this sort of ting happens in this age of tech and population density, but………
ETA: More detail