How do you find your way through a corn maze?
At least that was the approach taken by a Massachusetts family Tuesday after they lost their way amidst seven acres of nine-foot corn stalks and became scared.
Fearing for the safety of their 5-year-old and 3-week-old children, the couple, whose names were not released, used a cellphone to call 911 just after dusk on Tuesday night.
“We came in during the day time and we got completely lost and we have no idea where we are,” the caller told the 911 operator. “I’m really scared. It’s really dark and we’ve got a 3-week-old baby with us.”
The family was trying to find their way through the maze at Connors Farm in Danvers, Mass.
“We thought this could be fun. Instead it’s a nightmare,” the couple told 911.
Police quickly alerted farm management of the family’s situation, and sent a rescue team, K-9 unit and all, to the farm.
“They responded so fast,” Bob Connor, the farm’s owner, told “Good Morning America.” “It was unbelievable how fast they came up.”
The quick-thinking 911 dispatcher instructed the parents to yell out, “Hello K-9!” until they were finally escorted out to safety.
The entire search, and rescue, took all of about five minutes, according to Connor.
It turns out the family was just 25 feet from the exit when they were found by a police officer.
“They were in the heart of the maze,” Connor said of the family’s location. “Bridge, hanging out by bridge, right in the center of the horse.”
Connor said the family is the first this year to get stuck in the maze, which features maps and signs along the way to help people find their way.
The maze path has been a part of the Connor Farm for the past five years.
“We designed the maze for people to get lost but it’s all about family fun and it’s unfortunate that the family got stuck,” he said. “That’s not our goal. We want a positive experience for all.”
While the family, who declined an offer of free tickets from the farm’s management to give the maze another try, is probably hoping to erase the experience from their family scrapbook, Connors Farm is not.
“We are going to put a mark in the area where the family got lost,” Connor told “GMA.” “We’re going to say ‘This is the famous point where the family got lost.’”