Gemma Sheridans SOS Sign Spotted from Google Earth? - Internet/Facebook Rumour

19 Mar 2014 - Article No: 1827. Filed under: General | Internet/Facebook Rumour

In 2007, Gemma Sheridan and 2 friends set out on a voyage that was to take them from their home town of Liverpool, across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal and then onwards to the beautiful island of Hawaii.

A news story about a woman named Gemma Sheridan - who was lost at sea in 2007, thus forcing her to spend 7 years on a deserted island until her SOS sign on the beach was picked up by someone looking at Google Earth leading to her rescue - is spreading across the Internet.

Itís a neat story, but it almost certainly isnít true.

The first tell-tale sign is that large portions of the story, published on a website called, have simply been copied verbatim from a Daily Mail article outlining the experience of an explorer called Ed Stafford who described his experience after voluntarily staying on a deserted island for 60 days. You can read about his experience here.

Secondly the image of the SOS sign itself isnít from a deserted beach at all, nor was it from Google Earth. After finding an image in its entirety, it is apparent the SOS sign is surrounded by buildings, eliminating the chance it was from a beach on a deserted island. In fact the image was taken in the city of Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, in 2010.

This information, coupled with the fact that there are no reliable media outlets publishing the story of Gemma Sheridan, essentially all but completely dispel any possibility that this story is in any way true.

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