Skip to main content

TTYL: Tourist walks off pier while Facebooking

By Chuck Thompson, CNN
December 19, 2013 -- Updated 0056 GMT (0856 HKT)
This file image from 2009 is the sort of scene you would expect posted to Facebook. The pier and surrounding St Kilda area are one of Melbourne's most popular spots
This file image from 2009 is the sort of scene you would expect posted to Facebook. The pier and surrounding St Kilda area are one of Melbourne's most popular spots
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Distracted by Facebook on her phone, a tourist in Melbourne, Australia, walks off a pier
  • Police called to rescue the ardent Facebooker in chilly waters
  • Woman held onto her phone throughout the ordeal

(CNN) -- In one of the most memorable status updates we've seen in a while, a Taiwanese tourist in Melbourne, Australia, was so absorbed in Facebook that she walked off the end of St. Kilda pier and plunged into the chilly waters of Port Phillip Bay.

Called to the scene by a quick-thinking witness, police arrived to find "the distressed woman, floundering in the water."

Police rescued the woman who, in addition to not being able to watch where she was going, reportedly couldn't swim.

Police say the woman in her mid 30s was in the water for about 20 minutes.

"There will be no need for a lost property report as the woman kept hold of her mobile phone throughout the entire ordeal," said a Victoria Police media officer.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
September 12, 2014 -- Updated 0338 GMT (1138 HKT)
Whether filled with electric blue sulfur flames or hissing lava, these mega mountains offer incredible vistas
September 10, 2014 -- Updated 0040 GMT (0840 HKT)
This once-a-year luxury cruise visits untouched islands and never-snorkeled reefs.
September 9, 2014 -- Updated 1305 GMT (2105 HKT)
Peter J. Goutiere was just shy of 30 years old when he piloted a Douglas C-47 from Miami to Kolkata, India.
September 1, 2014 -- Updated 2247 GMT (0647 HKT)
Breathtaking scenery, championship design -- many of the courses dropped into the Canadian Rockies are among the most memorable in the world.
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1306 GMT (2106 HKT)
A floating hippo in the Thames river designed by artist Florentijn Hofman
Why Florentijn Hofman is sending a giant beast into London's River Thames.
September 2, 2014 -- Updated 1607 GMT (0007 HKT)
Scrap all those other bucket lists you've been compiling and start saving -- these memorable-for-a-lifetime trips don't come cheap, or easy.
September 6, 2014 -- Updated 0042 GMT (0842 HKT)
A squabble over a device that limits how far a seat can recline has brought inflight etiquette into the spotlight again.
August 29, 2014 -- Updated 1023 GMT (1823 HKT)
Thirst for victory competes with thirst for booze in event where competitors raise their glasses long before they cross the finish line.
August 28, 2014 -- Updated 0957 GMT (1757 HKT)
At these fun Los Angeles bars, the the drinks come with a chaser of kitsch.
August 28, 2014 -- Updated 2041 GMT (0441 HKT)
From dining next to massive predators to drinking atop a rock in the middle of the ocean, Africa boasts some of the most interesting places to eat.
September 7, 2014 -- Updated 0921 GMT (1721 HKT)
Just weeks after Bill HIllman, known as a veteran, expert bull runner, was badly gored in Pamplona, he's back at other smaller bull runnings in Spain, but walking with a cane.
August 28, 2014 -- Updated 1654 GMT (0054 HKT)
Don't like the country you live in? Why not create your own, as many people have done. We uncover the parallel world of "micronationalism."
August 27, 2014 -- Updated 0124 GMT (0924 HKT)
A CNN producer experiences China's poor on-time flight record firsthand as his plane takes off eight hours late.
August 26, 2014 -- Updated 0600 GMT (1400 HKT)
New Yorker Kerrin Rousset's exploration of Swiss city aims to lure cocoa fans over to the dark side.
September 3, 2014 -- Updated 0347 GMT (1147 HKT)
Some things are just better after dark. These experiences around the world prove it.
ADVERTISEMENT