Tourist distracted by Facebook falls off pier

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 1:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 3:04 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — Police say a tourist in Australia fell off a pier while browsing Facebook on her phone.

Victoria state police say the woman was walking along a bay in Melbourne on Monday when she became distracted by her Facebook feed and plummeted off the pier into the chilly water.

A witness called for help and police rushed to the woman's aid. They found her flailing around in the water, about 20 meters (65 feet) from the pier. She told police she couldn't swim.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police say the woman is a foreigner but have given no details.

Police say she managed to hang onto her phone throughout the ordeal.

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