Tourist Plunges Into Bay While Checking Facebook and Nearly Drowns

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blacksand

Does this qualify for a Darwin Award or would she have to have been "liquidated"?

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PCLinuxguy

I honestly don't see the problem with someone dying because they weren't paying attention due to web use while walking, driving, etc. As Long As: the person is held responsible for their actions rather than the families blaming others instead of realizing their loved one was a nitwit.

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wolfing

This is America, where we have the right to sue anyone without reason, as long as we agree to being monitored while we do so.

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whitespiral

Why is this note even here?

If you were to post a note like this for every idiot that gets hurt when using a tech product of any kind, you'd have to post hundreds a day.

This is MaximumPC, Is there any Maximum in that note? Is there any PC in that note? Don't give us this crap, Paul, not on this site.

And what kind of Editor in Chief lets garbage like this be posted on his website, front page?

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Joji

Articles like this are rare on MaximumPC. Be glad you're not on Kotaku where articles like this are spammed at least once per week.

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Newk Yuler

Nelson laugh!!!

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firefox91

People are indeed obsessed with their smart phones that make them stupid. I saw a picture from a hockey game where the home team just scored a goal, the players were celebrating, and 2 people with seats on the glass were staring in to their phones. Damn people, enjoy the world around you. Facebook will be there when you get home.

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vrmlbasic

Did her phone survive? I wonder if she cocooned her phone in one of those bloated super-cases that enlarge svelte phone into paperback novels.

I hope she held onto her phone, otherwise she loses her hipster cred. Bonus points if she did post on social media during her 20 minute swim.

How can someone keep themselves afloat for 20 minutes but be unable to get out of the water when they fall into it right next to a pier? Were there no ladders/stairs (I know my local city's waterfront infamously lacks those)?

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wolfing

Tourist changed her status to 'blurp blurp blurp'

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praetor_alpha

Put down your phone, because people are fun to watch.

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John Pombrio

Paul, I read that emergency rooms are getting patients in that have walked into such objects as utilities poles, steps, and road signs. Fire hydrants are particularly dangerous to men.

I got caught ONCE AGAIN in a bad traffic scenario today just trying to turn on my smart phone. The damn things are pretty soon going to be outlawed being turned on at all in my car. My life and others will be in jeopardy if I don't. I drove over 750,000 miles at HP/Agilent but I found nothing as dangerous as a smartphone.

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edchombeau

I remember those old cartoons of a man buying a newspaper on the corner and reading it huring across the street--almost; then-- fell down a manhole.

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acidic

give her a break. she was using crapple maps. LOL

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Joji

From time to time, I see families at a restaurant eating their food while they play with their phones. There are also times when one kid in the family is playing with his/her phone while the rest of the family enjoy their food. It may sound hypocritical considering I've done that once or twice in my entire life, but I hope rules are set in place in the near future where you must put down your phone when you eat!

As for this article, the lady had it coming. Karma hit her and I don't pity her one bit. I wonder how common stories like this are in today's world?

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HiGHRoLLeR038

"crashes rose from 4,109 in 2009 to 4,432 in 2001"
fix that, paul ;)

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KindDeath76

Life's too short. So was that pier. We revolve our lives around our social media that sometimes we lose sight of what's important (no intentional pun that time). Life passes you by as we stare at our little digital boxes. Live in the moment. Everyone else will hear about it later.

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cc3d

"Having a blast at the shore, walking on the............OMG OMG, I fell in the WATER!! OMG, it's cold!"

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John Pombrio

I bet she managed to hold onto her phone through it all!