October 13, 2011

Family gets so lost in corn maze they call 911 to be saved from 'nightmare'

The Associated Press

DANVERS, Mass. - Authorities in Massachusetts say a family that got lost in a seven-acre corn maze called 911 for help just after sunset, apparently taking advantage of the police department's motto that says "We Want To Be Bothered."

The maze at Connors Farm in Danvers has pathways totaling seven miles in length and can take up to an hour to navigate.

A police officer and his dog entered the maze with a farm manager on Columbus Day to search for the disoriented father, mother and two children, including a 3-week-old infant. The family didn't realize they had almost made their way out and were just 25 feet from the street.

It took the search party about 10 minutes to find the family. They were helped by a police dispatcher who stayed on the phone with the caller and asked the couple to yell for help so searchers could identify their location.

"Never again!" the woman is heard telling the dispatcher on police tapes. "We thought this would be fun, instead it's a nightmare."

"We constructed the maze for people to get lost and have fun, and 99.9 percent of people do," said Farm Manager Rich Potter. "We don't want to see anybody get lost and panic and call 911."

 

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