& # 39; Google Maps nearly killed me & # 39 ;: how a man was finally dragged to the sea after taking a shortcut home – and his incredible rescue story
- Remopita Pongi, 29, was wiped out to sea after taking a shortcut to Google Maps
- He tried to find his way home to Opotiki on the North Island in New Zealand
- GPS suggested reducing its journey by 25 km by swimming over a tidal mouth
- Pongi spent three hours floating on driftwood before asking for help
What had to be a shortcut home turned into a three-hour ordeal when Remopita Pongi used a Google Maps route that drags him out into the sea.
The 29-year-old man from New Zealand tried to find his way home after being left behind on Saturday in Opotiki, on the Bay of Plenty on the North Island.
Hoping to shorten his 80 km journey, he resorted to the navigation app, which suggested that he could cut his 25 km journey by swimming across the tidal estuary to the bay.
Once in the water, however, he was caught in Riptide, who immediately pulled him into the sea 2.5 km, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Remopita Pongi, 29, was caught at sea after he created a Google Maps shortcut on Saturday
Pongi fortunately came across a piece of driftwood that he clung to for the next three hours.
He kept drifting as it darkened and the temperature dropped, and he began to feel the early effects of hypothermia.
Pongi finally reached his iPhone, of which he was surprised that he was still working after being submerged in water.
& # 39; I thought I should do that, I need a little help here, even longer in the water and I would have grabbed it, & # 39; he said.
He quickly called the police who informed the Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club of his location.
While he waited for help, a man on a jet ski saw his head bob up and down and went to save him.
The navigation app that suggested that he could cut off his 25 km from his 80 km journey by swimming across the tidal estuary to the bay, but was swept into the sea instead
Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club Captain Craig Julian told Yahoo News Pongi would be a & # 39; dead man & # 39; and probably would not have survived much longer.
& # 39; He had been there for three hours, which is very remarkable, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Most of us would probably have panicked. & # 39;
Pongi revealed that he was forced to spend the night on the beach, feed on fish, and stay warm with a fire he had built himself after he had a fight with his brother and stayed behind.
Pongi was taken to Whakatane hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.
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