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.