Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Satnav Is to Blame, Says Driver Rescued from Swollen River

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Satnav Is to Blame, Says Driver Rescued from Swollen River

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Byline: Mark Prigg Technology Editor

A COMPANY director whose satellite navigation system instructed her to drive across a raging river has told how she thought she was going to die.

Anne Kennedy's Vauxhall Astra was swept away by the Loddon after she tried to drive across a ford in Charvil, Berkshire, which had become swollen with five feet of flood water.

The 62-year-old, from Henley, was on her way to Hook in Hampshire, but rather than take a route she knew she turned on her satnav to see if it could find a quicker one. "It all happened so quickly," she said. "I got to the edge of the river and my front wheels went in the water. I thought 'golly this is not very good'. I couldn't reverse so put the car into first gear and tried to move it a little bit but then the car moved off on its own accord. I put my foot on the brakes but nothing happened -- I then tried the handbrake but it didn't work. …

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