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Taiwanese tourist nearly drowns checking Facebook

Walks off the end of the pier
Wed Dec 18 2013, 14:45

A TAIWANESE TOURIST created some excitement simply by being preoccupied checking Facebook.

Police were called to an incident in Melbourne, Australia after a woman walked off the edge of the St Kilda pier while engrossed in status updates on her phone.

The woman, who apparently couldn't swim, had to be rescued from St Phillips Bay by harbour police around 20 metres from the pier and taken for observation at the local hospital. She was later released unharmed.

She survived by laying on her back and floating on the current to safety, presumably chronicling the whole incident on Facebook as she bobbed with updates like, "I am in the sea. #drowning #cantswim".

Enterprising developers have already come up with several apps that could have prevented the incident, by utilising the camera to create a transparent 'window' on the phone screen so you can walk and chat to your heart's content.

Unfortunately, on this occasion however, status updates obscured the victim's view and she hit the icy waters below. Victoria Police told reporters that the victim was lucky to be alive but added with true Aussie tongue in cheek, "There will be no need for a lost property report as the woman kept hold of her mobile phone throughout the entire ordeal."

It is not clear, however, whether the woman was able to save the phone and keep it in working condition. µ


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