Thursday 22 June 2017

Sat-nav stranded tourists in snowy mountain pass

Two Chinese tourists were rescued from the Wicklow mountains in sub-zero temperatures after their sat-nav steered them into impassable wintry conditions.

The couple left Glendalough bound for south Dublin at 7.40pm on Christmas evening in their rental car -- but the gadget directed them to cross the treacherous Sally Gap.

They were forced to call gardai, who contacted mountain rescue personnel to locate the couple.

"Many people who live or travel in the Wicklow mountains would be familiar with the extremely difficult, and at times, impassable conditions of the Military Road," a spokesman for the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team said.

"Unfortunately, the tourist couple appear not to realise the dangerous nature of the journey their onboard computer was advising them to undertake."

They were said to be shaken by their mountain ordeal but uninjured.

Mountain rescue personnel have urged motorists to stay away from difficult routes until after the cold snap, even while a thaw is underway.

Irish Independent

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