Two teenagers playing Pokémon Go, the “augmented reality” game sensation, have blundered across an international frontier without realising they were doing do.
The game requires players to find imaginary creatures in real-life surroundings on their phones.
As finder.com.au puts it, in an Australian context: “The free-to-play game has had people on the streets searching for the rarest of Pokémon, and while Sydney seems to be a bastion for wayward Zubats, the hunt for a Mewtwo, Pikachu or legendary bird is one that’s captivated Australia.”
What players look for in the US may be similar. Two Canadian teenagers were about to find out when apprehended by US Border Patrol agents Thursday night after inadvertently and illegally crossing the US-Canada border while playing the location-based game on their phones.
Fortunately, the incident happened on one of the world’s least hostile borders. Canada and the US are good friends.
In a statement released by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Border Protection agents encountered the teens walking southbound from the Canadian province of Alberta, into Montana, while playing Pokémon Go.
The teens were apprehended near the delightfully named town of Sweet Grass, Montana, which borders the Canadian town of Coutts, Alberta.
Border Patrol agents quickly realised that the teens were unaware they had crossed the border, the statement added.
Both juveniles had been so rapt in their Pokémon Go, they lost track of where they were.
“They crossed the international border inadvertently, but agents were able to reunite them with their mother,” an agency spokesman told ABC News in the US.
Written by Peter Needham