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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sat nav takes woman into lake

An Austrian woman looking for a short cut to a bathing lake got that sinking feeling when her satnav took her straight into the water.

Fire fighters had to be called in to pull out driver Petra Lang's van with a mobile crane at the Grundlsee Lake, near Bad Aussee, before it could pollute the water.

Ms Lang, 27, from Salzburg, managed to get out without help before the van sank.

"She insisted the satnav system was to blame - she said she typed in that she wanted to go to the lake - but got closer than she intended," said one rescuer.

"We managed to get the van out before the lake water was polluted. The driver was very embarrassed - drivers need to be more careful when using their satnavs and use a bit of common sense."

Luckily nobody was hurt in the accident as the lake was full with swimmers cooling off from the soaring summer temperatures in Austria. The van is a complete write off.

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