WHITTER, Alaska — Taking bad advice from the GPS unit in his car, a man drove into Whittier’s small-boat harbor Thursday morning just after departing a ferry nearby.
The man, who was not named, was apparently relocating to Alaska from the Lower 48 and arrived on a ferry about 6:30 a.m., said Dave Schofield, director of the city’s Department of Public Safety. The man drove off the ferry in his Subaru car loaded with belongings, two dogs and a cat, Schofield said.
He didn’t make it far.
About 400 feet from the ferry dock, a GPS unit in the man’s car told him to take a hard right turn, Schofield said.
“The GPS apparently misrouted him, and he drove down the ramp for launching boats into the water,” Schofield said. “He was unfamiliar with the area is the only answer I have for you.”
The car was soon submerged. Another ferry passenger dove into the water and smashed a window on the car, enabling the man and his dogs to escape. The cat perished, but the man wasn’t seriously injured.