Tourists follow GPS directions straight into the sea: ‘An expensive vacation’

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The crew of a sailboat went into action to save two tourists from their sinking van after they headed into Honokohau Harbor in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Video of the incident captured by local Christie Hutchinson shows the quick-thinking team swimming up to the driver and passenger and helping them out of the silver Chrysler Town & Country through the front windows.

Meanwhile, another pair of men tied a rope to the back of the van and attempted to pull it towards the boat ramp, but ultimately failed as it quickly became completely submerged.

“I’m pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to happen,” Hutchinson can be heard saying behind the camera as he recorded for almost four and a half minutes.

Hutchinson later explained in a Storyful report that the crew of the sailing ship Nanea had returned from a day of sailing when they saw the car head straight into the harbor alongside them.

The tourists allegedly claimed to have followed the GPS instructions in the water.
Christie Hutchinson via Storyful

Sunken van driver crawling out front window
The driver and passenger were reportedly trying to find a nearby snorkel tour company.
Christie Hutchinson via Storyful

“The passengers were tourists trying to find a Manta Ray Snorkel tour company at the port and had been following their GPS instructions when they took a wrong turn into the water,” Hutchinson said.

Online, viewers of the ridiculous images have pointed out that “The Office” characters Michael Scott (Steve Carell) and Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) found themselves in a similar situation on an episode of the sitcom airing on NBC.

“I just watched this episode of ‘The Office'”, a fan wrote.

“Michael Scott already did this episode”, another joked.

For many others, the incredible incident and the subsequent report have left a pressing question no answer: How does this happen?

“It’s as easy as looking through the windshield… What am I missing?” one asked. mocked another, “So when you see water you still drive into it?”

“An expensive vacation,” quipped one savvy traveler. “I hope they got the additional coverage on their rental car.”

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