October 12, 2011

"Family lost in corn maze calls 911"

Sometimes a story comes along that's so perfect, we need to read the whole thing to enjoy it. This is one of those stories:
BOSTON (Reuters) - A fall outing to a Massachusetts farm this week turned frightful for a family who got lost in an elaborate corn maze and called 911 to be rescued. 
The call for help came...from the family lost in the dark in a seven-acre corn maze at a farm...about 25 miles north of Boston, police said. 
"I don't see anybody. I'm really scared. It's really dark and we've got a three-week-old baby with us," a woman [said] in a recorded call to 911. 
The husband, wife and their two children were actually only about 25 or 30 feet into the maze, but they panicked as darkness fell, worried the farm had closed. 
"We thought this would be fun. Instead it's a nightmare," the woman said in the call...
A police canine unit responded and found the family by calling out. The dog on duty, Falco, did not have to track them down, said...Sergeant Robert Bettencourt. 
While people have been known to lose their way in corn mazes, Bettencourt said he did not know of police responding to such a call before. 
This year's corn maze at Connors Farm...typically takes about 45 minutes or an hour to wander through, said manager Richard Potter...he said staff members had not left the farm when the family called police and knew there were people were in the maze. But Potter said he did not hear anyone call out for help. 
"We want to have positive family experiences here," Potter said. "We don't want anybody to go through what they went through."

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