A viral news about a woman being found stranded on a deserted island in the Pacific after 7 years via Google Earth turns out to be just a hoax.
The first part of their journey went smooth and nicely without any sign of troubles but things changed after making it through the Panama Canal into the Pacific Ocean.
They were overtaken by a large storm that crippled their vessel, disabled its on-board electronics and sent Sheridan’s companions overboard.
With a badly damaged boad, the woman drifted away for more than 2 weeks till she ended up in another huge storm during which she fainted. And the string of events interrupted for a while until she woke up cast away on a deserted island,,,a situation reminiscent of Tom Hanks’ famous movie.
The exiting narrative was published by the News-Hound.org, but besides this website known for releasing “viral news stories”, there are no other sources to come into its support.
The article claims that after surviving for 7 long years on the remote island, Gemma Sheridan was localized and rescued as her giant SOS message written on a beach was noticed by a websurfer via Google Earth.
However, the SOS photo does not look like being genuine because it was in fact cropped from another satellite image which was apparently used by Amnesty International in 2010 amongst reports of widespread destruction following the violent events erupted in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
The original photograph shows clearly that the SOS warning was not on the beach of an unpopulated island, as buildings are seen in the surroundings.
Furthermore, this sham reportedly “borrowed” some text paragraphs from a Daily Mail article about Ed Stafford, an Amazon adventurer who survived 60 days on an uninhabited island in the Pacific.
Anyway, despite being just a hoax that sparked a lot of buzz in the blogosphere, it is worth to read the captivating and elaborate story.