Tourist who drove through boat ramp into Hawaii harbor said GPS told him to ‘take this route’: Police

Police said “there were no injuries and only one person in the vehicle, who was safely removed.”

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A Hawaiian tourist drove her car into a port thanks to GPS just weeks after a similar incident occurred.

The latest issue occurred shortly after 8 p.m. local time Monday “when the driver of a vehicle proceeded to drive down the boat ramp at Honokohau Harbor,” the Hawaii Police Department said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. .

“The vehicle then went off the ramp into deep water,” police said, adding that the driver said he “was using a GPS that led her to take this route.”

The driver reportedly thought the water was a puddle, according to Hawaii News Now.

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Images of the incident shared on social media showed a group of boaters asking the tourist to get out of the car as it filled with water.

“You have to leave the car,” a passerby yelled. “Hurry up!”.

A witness told Hawaii News Now that it took “some time” and that he “ended up grabbing his backpack or bag, all his belongings that he could grab before he went out.”

Video showed the group directing the woman to swim to their boat before pulling her to safety.

“What a way to end a day, huh?” one joked.

Police said “there were no injuries and only one person in the vehicle, who was safely rescued.” Her car was also pulled out of the water.

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This incident came weeks after the same fate befell another vehicle at the same location.

In that case, two tourists were on their way to a manta ray tour when they arrived at the port, according to the washington post.

Witness Christie Hutchinson was about to launch her boat after a morning on the water with her husband and friends when she saw the vehicle suddenly go down the boat ramp and into the water, according to the newspaper.

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Hutchinson filmed the van’s descent on her phone. “I’m pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to happen,” she said in the clip, which she later posted on social media.

None of the women in the car, whom Hutchinson said were sisters, were injured, according to The charge.

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