2 Dead After Man Drops Phone in Icy Chicago River
A third person is in critical condition after desperate plunge
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Emergency personnel gather near the Chicago River in downtown Chicago, early Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, where a 26-year-old man was pulled from the water after jumping in after his cell phone.   (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, George Slefo)

(Newser) – One person is dead, one is missing, and one is in critical condition after a man dropped his cell phone in the Chicago River—and went lunging in after it, the Chicago Tribune reports. The phone's owner, a 26-year-old man, was found dead in the icy waters this morning, and his female friend, 21, is missing and presumed dead by drowning. Another male friend, 23, was rescued and hospitalized. Witness Jose Cuevas said he heard cries from the river just after midnight: "Please hurry, my friend is dying, please I can't hold on any longer," Cuevas said he heard a man say. "My girlfriend is in the water and I don't know where she's at."

Cuevas wouldn't jump in, so he called 911 and rescue crews arrived in about four minutes, an official tells NBC Chicago. Workers tried to rescue the people and ended up pulling two bodies from the river, Cuevas said. Officials suspended the search at around 3am and returned this morning with divers, who spent much of the day searching for the woman. The divers said it was just above freezing underwater with zero visibility. "The lesson learned here is real simple," said Chicago's police superintendent, ABC 7 reports. "If your pets go onto ice, if you drop a cell phone or wallet, do not try and retrieve it."

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Jan 1, 2015 6:33 PM CST
True, a pet is worth more than a phone to many people, but not to society. The meaning is, your pet has a much better chance of surviving than you do if you fall in the water after that pet to retrieve it. Your pet's internal body temperature is not as vulnerable as the internal body temperature of a human.
Lynn McLay Mead Knott
Dec 31, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Article was fine until I read the last part. "If your pet goes in..or your phone..don't follow" (paraphrasing). I'm sorry, but the value of a pet to me is much more important than a stupid freaking phone.
Jan 14, 2014 10:59 AM CST
hate to say this but this is nature cleaning the gene pool !