Tourist Plunges Into Bay While Checking Facebook and Nearly Drowns

Paul Lilly

Taking a long walk off a short pier

A young Taiwanese woman in her mid-20s nearly became a candidate for a Darwin Award when she walked right off the end of St Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia. She never saw the end of the pier because she was too busy checking Facebook on her mobile phone. To make matters worse, the woman wasn't a good swimmer, though she did manage to float for around 20 minutes until a high-speed boat arrived.

"She wasn't splashing around too much. She wasn't in a panic even though she was in the water for probably 20 minutes," Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the water police squad said, according to The Age .

Though she couldn't swim very well, the tourist had on a backpack that may have helped her stay afloat until help could arise. It also seems she kept a cool head after realizing what happened. Or maybe she was still busy catching up on her Facebook feed, though we imagine her mobile phone probably wasn't as lucky as she was.

As silly as all this sounds, there might actually be a rise in pedestrian deaths due to texting while walking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of pedestrians killed from traffic crashes rose from 4,109 in 2009 to 4,432 in 2011 after having declined for decades, The Los Angeles Times reported back in August of this year. In 2011, over 1,500 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms after being hurt while using a mobile device.

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