Woman Stranded On Deserted Island For 7 Years & Found By Google Earth A Hoax?
Is this story fact, or fiction? Let's start with the original story. Typically, kids spending inordinate amounts of time on the computer is deemed useless by the majority of people, including myself. This is one of those rare cases in which a kid who decided to veg out on the computer accomplished something incredible. As this kid from Minnesota was looking around on Google Earth, something caught his eye. He saw an "SOS" dug into the sand of a small, deserted island. He had located a woman that had been stranded on an island since 2007! Sounds pretty amazing, right!? The question is, is this a real story, or a hoax?
The story began 7 years ago, when Gemma Sheridan and 2 of her friends left their hometown of Liverpool on a trip to Hawaii on her sailboat. They were to travel across the Atlantic, to the Panama Canal, and onwards to Hawaii.
"Gemma Sheridan, a name that was used in a viral fake article about Google Earth being used to find a woman on a deserted island, is a real person, and she said that her friends made up the story about her and posted it on a hoax news website."
According to a website that debunks fake stories and hoaxes, the SOS sign that was used in the picture on News Hound was actually taken in 2010 during unrest in Kyrgyzstan.
"Sheridan said on Saturday that News-Hound.org is run by some of her friends. She said they made the “Google Earth” story up about her as a joke.
“Hi Howard My friend owns newshound so I think they may have made this up about me as a joke haha,” Sheridan Tweeted.
Regarding the article, hoax-debunking site Snopes says: “First of all, the NewsHound web site is not a news site at all, and it has, in place of news, reproduced a number of other hoaxes and spoofs as if they were real news, such as long-debunked stories about a Chinese man suing his wife over giving birth to an ugly baby, Apple paying Microsoft [sic] a $1 billion debt all in nickels, and a planetary alignment causing gravity on Earth to be negated for five minutes.”
As we end this story, some may have a feeling of upset. However, we end this story with truth! It was a hoax, good story, but a hoax none the less...