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Tourist Distracted By Facebook Walks Off St. Kilda Pier In Australia

12/18/2013 11:52 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 01:38 EST
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A tourist who accidentally walked off a pier because she was too busy checking Facebook may have taken social media addiction to brand new depths.

Victoria Police were called to St Kilda pier in Melbourne, Australia, after a nearby witness watched the tourist take the plunge at 11:30 p.m. Monday night. The tourist from Taiwan was apparently in the area to see nearby penguins, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Instead, she got a face-full off icy cold water and was later rescued by a speedboat after police found her floating in the water, about 20 meters from the pier, according to the BBC.

Police believe the woman did not know how to swim. Still, that didn't stop the tourist from holding onto her phone.

"She had a mobile phone in one of her hands and when we brought her on board one of the first things she did was apologize and say sorry," Senior Constable Kelly, an officer with the Victoria Police Department, said in an interview with the Age.

The woman was eventually taken to a hospital for observation. Both she and her phone are expected to be okay.

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