Couple in Oregon stranded in snow thanks to GPS

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 28, 2009 12:13 pm

Reno, Nevada residents John Rhoads, 65, and wife Starry Bush-Rhoads, 67, were stranded in the harsh Oregon snow for three days before their cell phone got a strong enough signal to call a dispatcher. The reason for their predicament? Their GPS system led them the wrong way, down a remote road in the forest.

The irony comes in the fact that the cell phone that saved them was also GPS-enabled. Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger said “GPS almost did ‘em in and GPS saved ‘em. It will give you options to pick the shortest route. You certainly get the shortest route. But it may not be a safe route.”

A deputy found the couple in the Winema-Fremont National Forest, near Silver Lake on Sunday afternoon. They had stashed plenty food and water to be OK for the few days they were stranded. Evinger continued: “Their statement was, being prepared saved their life.”