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Man Uses Google Maps To Avoid Traffic - Leads To Worst Nightmare

Technology can be a wonderful thing, but it's not without its faults. This particular story serves as an extreme example.

When Mr. Mick Ohman decided to have a nice picnic lunch at Crown King, a desert ghost town in Arizona, he had no idea that he would actually end up spending two days lost in the desert, with only half a bottle of water, two crackers, a spoiled sandwich and two beers. Less than two days following his departure from Phoenix, Mr. Ohman was hot, hungry, incredibly thirsty and recording what he thought would be his final moments.

“If you find this phone and I didn’t do so well, tell my sisters how much I love them,” Mr. Ohman confessed in his cell phone video. “Tell my niece and nephew how much I love them. I’ve been praying all night. I’m terrified. I’m terrified. I love you guys. I hope this isn’t the end. Goodbye.”

Mr. Ohman had been in the desert for two days, surviving on half a bottle of water, a few pieces of food and his own urine. When Mr. Ohman decided to have a picnic lunch in Crown King, he relied on Google Maps to lead him out of Phoenix to his destination. However, after taking a shortcut down a boulder lined road, Mr. Ohman’s car broke down, leaving him stranded in a desolate desert. Mr. Ohman’s car was leaking fluid from a shredded transmission and was completely stuck.

Mr. Ohman was initially optimistic, deciding to leave some notes on his car, explaining his predicament and the direction he was walking in, his cell number and home address. He hiked for hours looking for cell phone service in the vicious Arizona heat, becoming increasingly dehydrated and delirious and eventually resorting to drinking his own urine. “I’ve really never felt that thirsty before,” Mr. Ohman stated. “When I tried to swallow, I couldn’t. my throat stuck together. I had to urinate and I did… and I was surprised it wasn’t as obnoxious as I thought it would be. The temperature was what got me, as warm as it was.”

Accrediting his urine to saving his life, Mr. Ohman managed to survive the first night. Thankfully, he also managed to stumble upon a stream the following day. Mr. Ohman confessed that he drank until he felt nauseous as it was the “sweetest water he had ever tasted.” Returning to his car, Mr. Ohman attempted a number of different things to try and attract the attention of nearby people. He arranged rocks into a huge ‘H’ incase planes were flying by and he also shot a gun into the air and tried to light a fire.

By the end of day two, monsoonal rains had set in, leaving Mr. Ohman slightly damp but in much greater spirits, with Mr. Ohman recording the rain, stating, “It’s coming down pretty nice.” When Mr. Ohman set out from his car on the third day, he finally ran into another person riding a dirt bike in the area. “All of a sudden, up over the horizon, Troy appeared,” Mr. Ohman recalled. Troy Haverland, after being flagged down by Mr. Ohman, drove Mr. Ohman back to civilization, dropping him off at the Maricopa County Sheriff Office in Lakes Pleasant.

Mr. Ohman later confessed his gratitude towards Mr. Haverland, with Mr. Ohman revealing that he was “screaming in his ear the whole way [back to civilization], ‘You know, today you can say you saved a life.'” Mr. Ohman was incredibly lucky to have survived his ordeal with little to no medical issues; however, he hopes that his story will help others realize the importance of being prepared when you go to the desert: “Mistakes can happen.”

Source: ATI
Photo: YouTube

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