Inattentive Texter Takes a Dip in Lake Michigan

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And you thought walking into a mall fountain or falling flat on your face was bad. This lady took a long walk off a short pier on account of her need to text.

Bonnie Miller ran into some technical difficulties on Monday. While she was returning a text, the Benton Harbor resident accidentally plunged into Lake Michigan. She had reportedly been walking along the South Pier with her husband and 15-year-old son around 9:30 pm Monday when she became distracted with returning a text and walked clear off the end of the pier. "I had set an appointment for the wrong time and so I sent about three words," Miller described. "Next thing you know it was the water."


Both her husband and a bystander jumped into the water after her and quickly pushed the waterlogged typer onto a ladder hanging from the pier's edge. The police and Coast Guard both responded to the situation and helped extract Miller's two rescuers. "I couldn't let pride stand in my way of warning other people to not drive and text or walk and text," Miller explained. "I can't believe how many people came, I'm really quite embarrassed. I'm just so grateful to be alive, I have a new lease on life." Hopefully her new life will include occasional glances up from the screen. [ABC 57 News - Image: John Brueske / Shutterstock]

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I lived pretty close to there during my whole childhood and this was actually pretty dangerous. Rocks line most of the piers around there. Also the water is about 40 degrees right now. This makes it very hard to swim. I have seen people break stuff on the rocks and have to be rescued. So quit being a dick her life was actually in danger.