A man so busy on his phone didn’t see he was already walking straight into the canal full of leaves before falling into the water.
- CCTV shows the moment a man occupied in his phone walks straight into waterway and before falling
- Two people who witnessed the incident came to help the man out the canal
- Pub landlady Annmarie Gardener has been warning people careful near the canal that sometimes looks like a footpath covered in leaves
CCTV outside a pub shows the man walking engrossed in his phone as he walked along the canal path.
The canal is looks like a footpath covered in leaves as the man walks straight into before falling into the channel.
A couple of people who witnessed the incident helped to pull him out of the waterway.
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It seems that the Pub landlady Annmarie Gardener has been warning people about using their cellphones near water.
She said, ‘It is not usually a problem – most people know it is a canal. When you watch it he thought because the leaves were on it the canal disappeared and became a path. He was on his phone. We do put warnings out in the pub and tell people to be careful. I think we have had one other person who slipped on the edge but he came back out. When the leaves are in there it can be dangerous. It does worry me and we would like to warn others. It is also deep.”
During Christmas season, The Canal and River Trust is warning people to be aware of the dangers lurking around canals, stating:
“We’re obviously pleased that this incident had a happy, if soggy, ending, but it could have been a lot more serious and we’d definitely urge people to keep their wits about them when they’re on the towpath.
‘While this kind of incident is unusual we are this week supporting the Don’t Drink and Drown campaign which encourages people to stay safe during the Christmas party season.
‘Our advice at this time of year is to definitely pay a visit to your local canal or river as they’re great places to stay fit, de-stress and relax, but to take extra care.
‘Towpaths can be wet or icy increasing the risk of slipping, tripping or falling into freezing water so stay away from the edge and be careful where you tread.’”
Di Steer, CEO of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, said, ‘‘People tragically die each year because they’ve entered the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by accident. Drinking near or in water can be a dangerous and deadly cocktail. Alcohol can seriously impede your ability to survive in water. When walking home from a night out, avoid routes that are alongside water, particularly in the darkness, and always stay with and look out for your friends.’”
Despite the danger, mobile phone zombies walking in the streets has been rampant, neglecting the warning and the hazard it could bring.