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This article was published on December 18, 2013

Woman walks off a pier and into the sea while checking Facebook on her phone

Woman walks off a pier and into the sea while checking Facebook on her phone
Jon Russell
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Jon Russell

Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

fb-cropThink you’ve got a dangerous Facebook addiction? A Taiwanese tourist’s love of the social network put her life in danger after she walked off a pier and into the sea in Melbourne, Australia, while checking her Facebook Page on her phone.

Remarkably, the woman, who hasn’t been named and told police that she cannot swim, survived 20 minutes in the water before being rescued by police on a speed boat. The BBC reports that she managed to keep her phone in her hand throughout the ordeal.

➤ Tourist walks off Australia pier while checking Facebook [BBC]

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