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By Kim I. Hartman     Oct 12, 2011 in Entertainment
Danvers - A Massachusetts family had a frightening experience after getting lost in a corn maze. Unable to navigate their way out of the maze, they called 911 seeking police assistance to help them escape their puzzling predicament.
The family used a cellphone to call police from Connors Farm in Danvers after being trapped with their two children, ages five-years-old and 3-weeks-old, in the maze as dusk approached, reports the Boston Channel.
The couple said they were in the maze about an hour before the realized they were lost among the nine-foot cornstalks. That's when they reached out to local police for assistance.
Police have released audio of the 911 call and the woman can be heard saying:
"Hi, I just called. I'm still stuck at Connors Farms. I don't see anybody. I'm really scared. It's really dark and we've got a 3-week-old."
"I don't know what made us do this, it was daytime when we came in, we thought if we came in someone would come in and find us... We can hear [the police officers]... Oh, my goodness. The mosquitoes are eating us alive, and I never took my daughter out, this is the first time. Never again. This is embarrassing."
The 911 dispatcher told the couple that a K-9 team had been dispatched to find them and instructed the parents to shout until officers reached their location. Police said the family was 25 feet from a road when they were found.
“We had a few people who got a bit lost last year but they found their way out,” said Bob Conner, owner of the maze. “There is no wire or fence around the maze, so if they really want or need to get out all they have to do is listen for the sound of traffic they can always make their way through the corn rows to the road.”
Connor's told Wicked Local Danvers, the farm employs a night security officer to avoid any maze mishaps that might occur when visitors get confused. The intricate maze has maps located throughout to help autumn adventurers find their way from beginning to end. “We make sure there are no cars left in the parking lot. We don’t want to leave anybody behind in the maze.”
The maze was designed by the Maize, a Utah-based company that creates corn mazes around the country in time for the fall fun associated with harvest season. Kamille Combs, marketing director for company, said, "the average corn maze is 8 to 10 acres and that it takes the average person 45 minutes to complete."
Connor's Farm manager, Rich Potter, said he thought the family had just become frustrated and wanted out of the maze. He said he offered them free tickets to return but they refused. He said, "they were grateful, but he didn't think they were going to come back."
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