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Sat Nav Torpoint Ferry Blunder for Holiday Couple
2:45pm 18th June 2013
A couple who were trying to cross the Channel from Plymouth to Spain have ended up heading back into Cornwall because of a Sat Nav blunder.
Bob and Pat Banks had driven down from Leeds, when their gadget gave them dodgy directions and sent them to the Torpoint Ferry which carries commuters across the River Tamar.
They had to race back into Plymouth and made it to Millbay to catch the right ferry to Santander with seconds to spare.
Paul Watters, Head of Roads Policy for the AA, said: "There was a very amusing, well it was almost a tragic story. One of the first drivers who got the Sat Nav wrong followed it blindly and ended up in the River Rhine, literally. So that was a well documented case and it just shows that you have to be in charge, not the machine.
"I think their name was Banks. They certainly weren't banking on the trip they made. They were hoping to see sunnier parts, and not just another county in England. Certainly, it can happen. It's always best to check it on a map first just to make sure, because if it's rubbish in, you get rubbish out as it were."
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