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GPS Leaves Couple Stranded in Oregon Snow

December 31, 2009

A Nevada couple was rescued Sunday after their SUV's global positioning system misled them and they ended up stranded for three days in the snow in eastern Oregon.

John Rhodes, 65, and his wife, Starry Bush-Rhodes, 67, were on their way home to Reno when their Toyota Sequoia's GPS unit sent them down a remote forest road in the Winema-Fremont National Forest.

They were rescued after their GPS-enabled cellphone sent out a weak signal and relayed its coordinates to local authorities, Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said.

Evinger said a Lake County deputy found the couple on Sunday afternoon and pulled their four-wheel drive vehicle out of the snow. The couple was prepared for winter travel and carried food, water and warm clothes, the sheriff said.

"GPS almost did 'em in and GPS saved 'em," Evinger told the Associated Press. "It will give you options to pick the shortest route. You certainly get the shortest route. But it may not be a safe route."

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