Apparently, we haven’t had enough people plunge into massive bodies of water for the sake of their phones yet — it’s happened again. This time, though, the story isn’t quite so funny. Earlier this week, 26-year-old Ken Hoang fell into the frigid Chicago River while trying to retrieve his phone, which he dropped on the ice. His two friends, a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, walked onto the ice to try to pull him out of the river, only to fall in themselves.
It was late at night, and it seems that nobody saw them fall in. Chicago resident Jose Cuevas and his roommate were walking along the river when they heard the trio’s faint cries for help as they floundered in the water. Cuevas called 911 as the man in the river told him, “Please hurry, my friend is dying. Please, I can’t hold on any longer. My girlfriend is in the water, and I don’t know where she’s at.”
Hoang was later pronounced dead, and the other man is currently hospitalized. The woman is still missing despite authorities searching the river for hours. So much tragedy, and all for a cell phone. I don’t know about you, but I’ve totally been guilty of making my phone too much of a priority, so let’s learn from this one. Let go of your phone when faced with drowning! Here’s hoping the lone survivor gets well soon.