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Texting woman falls into canal [VIDEO]

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM   |   Comments

Jan. 25 (UPI) -- If this isn't the perfect PSA for the dangers of texting and walking, we don't know what is.

British radio personality Laura Safe was typing messages to her boyfriend when she walked straight into the icy water of a canal in Birmingham--and it was all caught on CCTV.

"I thought the canal was pavement because it looked dark out of the corner of my eye," Safe told the Sun.

"I should really be called Laura UNsafe after the day I've had," she tweeted.

Fortunately, a bystander was nearby to prevent any lasting damage from hypothermia. Neil Edginton, a businessman, called out for Safe to stop but it was too late.

"This man came running up Baywatch style, grabbed my hand and pulled me up," Safe gushed. "He was a hero and saved my life."

Safe says she learned her lesson, but her slip-up should come as a caution to other Birminghamians--the central English city is thought to have more canals than Venice, with 114 miles of waterways in the city.

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