Woman Checks Facebook, Misses End of Pier
Tourist almost drowned, but saved her phone
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:34 AM CST
Updated Dec 18, 2013 7:49 AM CST
Authorities warn that excessive Facebook use can cause long walks off short piers.   (Wikipedia/Stevage)

(Newser) – If she had been able to type fast enough, a young Taiwanese woman's Facebook status update would have read "I am falling off a pier." Police in Melbourne, Australia, say the tourist was so engrossed in her smartphone that she walked straight off a pier and almost drowned, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Luckily, somebody witnessed the fall and called police, who plucked her out of the water around 100 feet from the pier.

The woman couldn't swim, but her backpack helped keep her afloat until police arrived. "When we brought her on board one of the first things she did was apologize and say sorry," a police spokesman says. "She explained that she was on her phone checking her Facebook page when she fell into the water.'" Police say she was still clutching her phone when she was pulled from the water.

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NorCalHal
Dec 20, 2013 11:31 PM CST
When I was a kid I heard a story about the person walking out a long wooden pier counting the slits between the boards. They were so engrossed in counting the cracks they fell of the end of the pier. The moral of the story is "when you're out of slits your out of pier" . Probably only those that know of Schlitz beer ads will understand this....
uthink
Dec 19, 2013 5:24 PM CST
I've told people to take a long walk off a short pier before. Never believed someone would ever actually do it.
HuggyBoy
Dec 19, 2013 5:15 PM CST
The distance between a pier and disappear is very short.