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Tourists stranded in searing heat as Apple Maps fails

Motorists beware: use the new Apple Maps at your peril.

Victorian police are "extremely concerned" at a large snafu in the program – tourists who use the new operating system iOS 6 to get to Mildura are actually being sent 70 kilometres away to a national park.

Several motorists have become stranded in the Murray-Sunset National Park, where the mercury has recently risen to 46 degrees.

"Police are extremely concerned, as there is no water supply within the park ... making this a potentially life-threatening issue," a police spokeswoman said.

"Some of the motorists located by police have been stranded for up to 24 hours without food or water and have walked long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception."


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Police tests on the mapping system confirm that it identifies Mildura as being in the middle of the park.

Officers have contacted Apple and hope to have the problems resolved soon.

The spokeswoman said that anyone travelling within Victoria "should rely on other forms of mapping until this matter is rectified".

An Apple spokesman could not comment on the issue, but referred to chief executive Tim Cook’s apology for the flawed product.

Issued earlier this year, the apology states that Apple is working on a fix. No time frame for that fix has been provided.