Family Rescued from Outback After Bad Google Directions

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A harrowing ordeal unfolded in the Australian outback when a family, relying on Google Maps, found themselves stranded due to incorrect directions. Darian Aspinall, 27, embarked on a journey from Queensland to Adelaide with her two young children and their 50-year-old grandmother. The family, expected in Packsaddle, New South Wales, on August 8, was reported missing when they failed to arrive.

Last seen on August 7, the family, equipped with minimal supplies of water and candy, veered off course onto a dirt road as directed by Google Maps, resulting in their vehicle getting stuck. With no phone reception, their attempts to call for assistance were futile. After a four-hour walk, they returned to their immobilized car, enduring two nights using car seat covers for warmth in the chilly Australian winter.

Facing dehydration, the family resorted to drinking dirty water found on the ground. Darian Aspinall expressed her fears, stating, "I honestly thought we were going to die." Ultimately, a rescue helicopter spotted them, leading to their retrieval. Following medical attention, the family resumed their journey to Adelaide the following day.


1- What did the family use to keep warm during the two nights they were stuck?

2- What was the family's reaction to the situation?

3- What did the family resort to when their water supply ran out?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Jenny Whelan.